Cloning and molecular characterization of the generimL wich encodes an enzyme acetylating ribosomal protein L12 ofEscherichia coki K12
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TherimL gene ofEscherichia coli K12 encodes en enzyme catalyzing the acetylation of the N-terminal serine of ribosomal protein L12, thereby converting it into L7. Using a mutant strain defective in this acetylation reaction, we cloned therimL gene into cosmid pHC79 and characterized it at the molecular level. From analysis by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the proteins synthesized in maxi-cells containing derivatives of therimL-harboring plasmid into which transposon λδ had been inserted at various sites, the product of this gene was identified as a protein with an apparent molecular weight of 20.3 kDa. The nucleotide sequence of the gene and the amino acid sequence deduced from the nucleotide sequence were compared with those of two other ribosomal protein acetylses encoded by therimI andrimJ genes (Yoshikawa et al. 1987). A considerable degree of overall similarity was seen betweenrimL andrimJ, but the degree of similarity betweenrimL andrimI was very low. In addition, a short stretch of similar amino acid sequence was found in all threerim acetylases. The significance of these results with respect to other acetylating enzymes, in particular those involved in the acetylation of aminoglycoside antibiotics is discussed.
Key wordsEscherichia coli Ribosomal protein L12 N-terminal acetylation Cloning and sequencing Sequence similarity
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