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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1992 Dec 1;78(2-3):227-32.

Isolation and identification of granule-associated proteins relevant for poly(3-hydroxyalkanoic acid) biosynthesis in Chromatium vinosum D.

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Institut für Mikrobiologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, FRG.


Poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid) granules, which harbored only four major granule-associated proteins as revealed by SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, were isolated from crude cellular extracts of Chromatium vinosum D by centrifugation in a linear sucrose gradient. N-Terminal amino acid sequence determination identified two proteins of M(r) 41,000 and M(r) 40,000 as the phaECv and phaCCv translational products, respectively, of C. vinosum D. In a previous study it was shown that both proteins are required for the expression of poly(3-hydroxyalkanoic acid) synthase activity. The N-terminus of the third protein (M(r) 17,000) exhibited no homology to other proteins. Lysozyme, which was added during purification of the granules, exhibited a strong affinity to PHB granules and was identified as the fourth protein enriched with the granules.

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