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Nucleic Acids Res. 2002 Sep 1;30(17):3839-47.

Functional analysis of iceA1, a CATG-recognizing restriction endonuclease gene in Helicobacter pylori.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232, USA.


iceA1 in Helicobacter pylori is a homolog of nlaIIIR, which encodes the CATG-specific restriction endonuclease NlaIII in Neisseria lactamica. Analysis of iceA1 sequences from 49 H.pylori strains shows that a full-length NlaIII-like ORF is present in 10 strains, including CH4, but in other strains, including strain 60190, the ORFs are truncated due to a variety of mutations. Our goal was to determine whether iceA1 can encode a NlaIII-like endonuclease. Overexpression in Escherichia coli of iceA1 from CH4, but not from 60190, yielded NlaIII-like activity, indicating that the full-length iceA1 is a functional endonuclease gene. Repair of the iceA1 frameshift mutation in strain 60190 and its expression in E.coli yielded functional NlaIII-like activity. We conclude that iceA1 in CH4 is a functional restriction endonuclease gene, while iceA1 in 60190 is not, due to a frameshift mutation, but that its repair restores its restriction endonuclease activity.

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