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Can J Microbiol. 2000 Sep;46(9):848-55.

Cloning of the histidine biosynthetic genes from Corynebacterium glutamicum: organization and analysis of the hisG and hisE genes.

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  • 1Department of Biological Science, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea.


The physically linked hisG and hisE genes, encoding for ATP-phosphoribosyltransferase and phosphoribosyl-ATP-pyrophosphohydrolase were isolated from the Corynebacterium glutamicum gene library by complementation of Escherichia coli histidine auxotrophs. They are two of the nine genes that participate in the histidine biosynthetic pathway. Molecular genetics and sequencing analysis of the cloned 9-kb insert DNA showed that it carries the hisG and hisE genes. In combining this result with our previous report, we propose that all histidine biosynthetic genes are separated on the genome by three unlinked loci. The coding regions of the hisG and hisE genes are 279 and 87 amino acids in length with a predicted size of about 30 and 10 kDa, respectively. Computer analysis revealed that the amino acid sequences of the hisG and hisE gene products were similar to those of other bacteria.

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