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J Bacteriol. 1987 Aug;169(8):3778-84.

Characterization and structure of genes for proteases A and B from Streptomyces griseus.


Protease A and protease B are extracellular proteins which are secreted by Streptomyces griseus. The genes encoding protease A (sprA) and protease B (sprB) were isolated from an S. griseus genomic library by using a synthetic oligonucleotide probe. Fragments containing sprA and sprB were characterized by hybridization and demonstration of proteolytic activity in Streptomyces lividans. Each DNA sequence contains a large open reading frame with the coding region of the mature protease situated at its carboxy terminus. The amino terminus of each reading frame appears to encode a 38-amino-acid signal peptide followed by a 76- or 78-amino-acid polypeptide, a propeptide, which is joined to the mature protease. Strong homology between the coding regions of the protease genes suggests that sprA and sprB originated by gene duplication.

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