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Gene. 1991 Jan 15;97(2):173-82.

Nucleotide sequence of the exo-1,3-beta-glucanase-encoding gene, EXG1, of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Instituto de Microbiología Bioquímica, Facultad de Biología, CSIC-Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.


The nucleotide (nt) sequence of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae gene (EXG1) encoding extracellular exo-1,3-beta-glucanases (EXG) I and II was determined. An open reading frame of 1344 bp codes for a 448-amino acid (aa) polypeptide, with a calculated Mr of 51,307, which contains two potential N-glycosylation sites. The EXG1 DNA hybridizes to a 1.7-kb transcript whose 5' end maps to a position 98 bp upstream from the site of initiation of protein synthesis. Comparison of the N-terminal aa sequence deduced from the nt sequence with that of the purified EXGII revealed the existence of an extra 40-aa peptide in the precursor protein containing a Lys-Arg peptidase-processing site at the junction with the mature, extracellular form. The N-terminal region of the putative precursor is a very hydrophobic segment with structural features resembling those of signal peptides of secreted proteins. The Mr of the mature EXG polypeptide deduced from the nt sequence is 46,385. The 5'- and 3'-flanking regions of the EXG1 gene have structural features in common with other yeast genes.

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