, Volume 218, Issue 2, pp 330-339

The phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase gene of Corynebacterium glutamicum: Molecular cloning, nucleotide sequence, and expression

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The ppc gene of Corynebacterium glutamicum encoding phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) carboxylase was isolated by complementation of a ppc mutant of Escherichia coli using a cosmid gene bank of chromosomal c. glutamicum DNA. By subsequent subcloning into the plasmid pUC8 and deletion analysis, the ppc gene could be located on a 3.3 kb SalI fragment. This fragment was able to complement the E. coli ppc mutant and conferred PEP carboxylase activity to the mutant. The complete nucleotide sequence of the ppc gene including 5′ and 3′ flanking regions has been determined and the primary structure of PEP carboxylase was deduced. The sequence predicts a 919 residue protein product (molecular weight of 103154) which shows 34% similarity with the respective E. coli enzyme.

Present address: Institut für Biotechnologie 1 der Kernforschungsanlage, Postfach 1913, D-5170 Jülich, Federal Republic of Germany
Communicated by J. Lengeler