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J Biol Chem. 1993 May 5;268(13):9702-8.

Multiple endoglycosidase F activities expressed by Flavobacterium meningosepticum endoglycosidases F2 and F3. Molecular cloning, primary sequence, and enzyme expression.

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  • 1Division of Clinical Sciences, Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research, New York State Department of Health, Albany 12201-0509.


The genes for Flavobacterium meningosepticum Endo (endoglycosidase) F2 and Endo F3 were cloned, and their nucleotide sequences were determined. The deduced amino acid sequences were verified independently to a large extent by direct peptide microsequencing of 66 and 84% of native Endo F2 and Endo F3, respectively. Structurally, the Endo F2 and Endo F3 genes code for a typically long leader sequence of 45 and 39 amino acids, respectively, and, in both cases, a mature protein of 290 amino acids. Comparative structural analysis demonstrated minimum overall homology (15-30%) between Endo F1, Endo F2, and Endo F3, but revealed distinct clusters of identical residues distributed throughout the entire sequence, which represent motifs for binding and hydrolysis of beta 1,4-di-N-acetylchitobiosyl linkages in complex carbohydrates. The mobility of native Endo F2 and Endo F3 on SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, unlike Endo F1, did not correlate with the molecular weights determined from the coding region of the corresponding genes. Mass spectrometry confirmed that Endo F2 and Endo F3 were heterogeneous and contained approximately 4000 and 1200 daltons of mass not accounted for in the gene structure. We presume that Endo F2 and Endo F3 are variably post-translationally modified during secretion by possible linkage to the hydroxyl of serine.

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