Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 152, Issue 1, pp 16–19 | Cite as

Pep5, a new lantibiotic: structural gene isolation and prepeptide sequence

  • Cortina Kaletta
  • Karl-Dieter Entian
  • Roland Kellner
  • Günther Jung
  • Michaela Reis
  • Hans-Georg Sahl
Original Papers


A wobbled 14-mer oligonucleotide was derived from the amino acid sequence of the 34-residue propeptide of the lantibiotic Pep5 (Kellner et al. 1989). Using this hybridization probe, the structural gene of Pep5, pepA, was located on the 18.6 kbp plasmid pED503. The nucleotide sequence of pepA codes for a prepeptide with 60 residues and proves that Pep5 is ribosomally synthesized. The N-terminus of the prepeptide has a high α-helix probability and a characteristic proteolytic cleavage site precedes the C-terminal 34-residue propeptide. Our present theory is that maturation of Pep5 involves (a) enzymic conversion of Thr, Ser and Cys into dehydrated amino acids and sulfide bridges, (b) membrane translocation and cleavage of the modified prepeptide.

Key words

Lantibiotic Pep5 Nucleotide sequence Staphylococcus epidermidisLanthionine Non-proteinogenic amino acids Post-translational modification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cortina Kaletta
    • 1
  • Karl-Dieter Entian
    • 1
  • Roland Kellner
    • 2
  • Günther Jung
    • 2
  • Michaela Reis
    • 3
  • Hans-Georg Sahl
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Mikrobiologie der Universität FrankfurtFrankfurt/MFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Institut für Organische Chemie der Universität TübingenTübingenFederal Republic of Germany
  3. 3.Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Immunologie der Universität BonnBonnFederal Republic of Germany

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