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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2002 Jan 11;290(1):81-4.

Base frequencies at the second codon position of Vibrio cholerae genes connect with protein function.

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Department of Physics, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China.


In this paper, the base frequency at the second codon position of the 3839 open reading frames (ORFs) in the Vibrio cholerae genome is analyzed. It is shown that according to the base content at this codon site, the ORFs can be divided into two clusters, each containing 673 and 3166 ORFs, respectively. ORFs in the smaller cluster usually have significantly higher T frequency than that of A at the second codon position. For the two clusters of ORFs, there are significant differences in the frequencies for 18 of the 20 amino acids in the encoding proteins. The two clusters of ORFs are also significantly different in their functions. More than half of the known genes involved in transport and binding are included in the smaller cluster, while few genes involved in amino acid biosynthesis, protein synthesis, and so on are included in this cluster.

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