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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2000 Nov;64(11):2512-6.

Molecular cloning of the gene encoding an outer-membrane-associated beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase involved in chitin degradation system of Alteromonas sp. strain O-7.

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Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Takatsuki, Japan.


The gene encoding beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase (GlcNAcaseA) was cloned using PCR with degenerate oligonucleotide primers from the partial amino acid sequence of the enzyme. The gene encoded a polypeptide of 863 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 97kDa. A characteristic signal peptide, which was present at the amino-terminus of the precursor protein, contained four amino acids (Ala-Gly-Cys-Ser) identical in sequence and location to the processing and modification sites of the outer membrane lipoprotein of Escherichia coli, indicating that the mature GlcNAcaseA is a lipoprotein the N-terminal cysteine residue of which would be modified by the fatty acid that anchors the protein in the membrane. The predicted amino acid sequence of GlcNAcaseA showed similarity to bacterial beta-N-acetylglucosaminidases belonging to the family 20 glycosyl hydrolases.

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