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AbstractMycolic acids are the signature lipid of mycobacteria and constitute an important physical component of the cell wall, a target of mycobacterial specific antibiotics, and a mediator of M. tuberculosis pathogenesis. Mycolic acids are synthesized in the cytoplasm and are thought to be transported to the cell wall as a trehalose ester by the MmpL3 transporter, an antibiotic target for M. tuberculosis. However, the mechanism by which mycolate synthesis is coupled to transport, and the fulldoi:10.1101/581447 fatcat:7ylpazwi5vh7jcuurrjezznxba