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Photosynth Res. 2007 Jul-Sep;93(1-3):55-67. Epub 2007 Jan 9.

Complete nucleotide sequence of the freshwater unicellular cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC 6301 chromosome: gene content and organization.

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Center for Gene Research, Nagoya University, Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8602, Japan.


The entire genome of the unicellular cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC 6301 (formerly Anacystis nidulans Berkeley strain 6301) was sequenced. The genome consisted of a circular chromosome 2,696,255 bp long. A total of 2,525 potential protein-coding genes, two sets of rRNA genes, 45 tRNA genes representing 42 tRNA species, and several genes for small stable RNAs were assigned to the chromosome by similarity searches and computer predictions. The translated products of 56% of the potential protein-coding genes showed sequence similarities to experimentally identified and predicted proteins of known function, and the products of 35% of the genes showed sequence similarities to the translated products of hypothetical genes. The remaining 9% of genes lacked significant similarities to genes for predicted proteins in the public DNA databases. Some 139 genes coding for photosynthesis-related components were identified. Thirty-seven genes for two-component signal transduction systems were also identified. This is the smallest number of such genes identified in cyanobacteria, except for marine cyanobacteria, suggesting that only simple signal transduction systems are found in this strain. The gene arrangement and nucleotide sequence of Synechococcus elongatus PCC 6301 were nearly identical to those of a closely related strain Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942, except for the presence of a 188.6 kb inversion. The sequences as well as the gene information shown in this paper are available in the Web database, CYORF (

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