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J Biol Chem. 1986 Feb 5;261(4):1778-81.

Nucleotide sequence of the Escherichia coli dnaJ gene and purification of the gene product.


The dnaJ and dnaK genes are essential for replication of Escherichia coli DNA, and they constitute an operon, dnaJ being downstream from dnaK. The amount of the dnaJ protein in E. coli is substantially less than that of the dnaK protein, which is produced abundantly. In order to construct a system that over-produces the dnaJ protein, we started our study by determining the DNA sequence of the entire dnaJ gene, and an operon fusion was constructed by inserting the gene downstream of the lambda PL promoter of an expression vector plasmid, pPL-lambda. Cells containing the recombinant plasmid produced dnaJ protein amounting to 2% of the total cellular protein when cells were induced. The overproduced protein was purified, and Edman degradation of the protein indicated that the NH2-terminal methionine was found to be processed. From the DNA sequence of the dnaJ gene, the processed gene product is composed of 375 amino acid residues, and its molecular weight is calculated to be 40,975.

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