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Plant Mol Biol. 1991 Jun;16(6):947-54.

Identification of a new gene in an operon for cellulose biosynthesis in Acetobacter xylinum.

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Department of Botany, University of Texas, Austin 78713-7640.

Abstract

DNA sequencing of the region downstream of the cellulose synthase catalytic subunit gene of Acetobacter xylinum led to the identification of an open reading frame coding for a polypeptide of 86 kDa. The deduced amino acid sequence of this polypeptide matches from position 27 to 40 with the N-terminal amino acid sequence determined for a 93 kDa polypeptide that copurifies with the cellulose synthase catalytic subunit during purification of cellulose synthase. The cellulose synthase catalytic subunit gene and the gene encoding the 93 kDa polypeptide, along with other genes probably, are organized as an operon for cellulose biosynthesis in which the first gene is the catalytic subunit gene and the second gene codes for the 93 kDa polypeptide. The function of the 93 kDa polypeptide is not clear at present, however it appears to be tightly associated with the cellulose synthase catalytic subunit. Sequence analysis of the polypeptide shows that it is a membrane protein with a signal sequence at the N-terminal end and a transmembrane helix in the C-terminal region for anchoring it into the membrane.

PMID:
1830823
DOI:
10.1007/bf00016067
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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