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Nucleic Acids Res. 1986 Jan 24;14(2):945-63.

Identification, cloning and sequence determination of the genes specifying hexokinase A and B from yeast.


The hexokinase A (HKA) and hexokinase B (HKB) genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae have been cloned from a library of yeast genomic DNA. Using an in vitro glucose phosphorylation assay, the HKB gene was located on a plasmid carrying a 13.6 kb fragment of yeast DNA. After subcloning the relevant restriction fragments, the nucleotide sequence of the HKB gene was determined. Using this information, we were able to locate the HKA gene on a plasmid carrying this gene, which we then sequenced. Approximately 43% of the amino acid sequence of HKB was determined directly from 24 tryptic peptides. The results are in complete agreement with those derived from the DNA sequence and are consistent with the results of x-ray crystallography. Comparison of the amino acid sequences of HKA and HKB show that 378 out of 485 residues are identical. The 5' flanking region of the A gene contains nucleotide sequences expected for genes that are expressed at relatively high levels in yeast. The 24 base pair hyphenated palindrome at the 3' end of the HKB gene may be a site for termination of transcription of this gene.

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