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Mol Microbiol. 1991 Feb;5(2):447-53.

The secretion genes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa alkaline protease are functionally related to those of Erwinia chrysanthemi proteases and Escherichia coli alpha-haemolysin.

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Unité de Génétique Moléculaire, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.


The extracellular alkaline protease produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa is secreted by a specific pathway, independent of the pathway used by most of the other extracellular proteins of this organism. Secretion of this protease is dependent on the presence of several genes located adjacent to the apr gene. Complementation studies have shown that PrtD, E, and F, the three secretion functions for Erwinia chrysanthemi proteases B and C (Létoffé et al., 1990), can mediate the secretion of the alkaline protease by Escherichia coli. The secretion functions involved in alpha-haemolysin secretion in E. coli (hlyB, hlyD, tolC) can also be used to complement alkaline protease secretion by E. coli, although less efficiently. These data indicate that protease secretion mechanisms in Pseudomonas and Erwinia are very similar and are homologous to that of E. coli alpha-haemolysin.

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