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Gene. 1988 Nov 30;71(2):307-14.

Molecular cloning and sequence analysis of a developmentally regulated cysteine-rich outer membrane protein from Chlamydia trachomatis.

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Department of Microbiology, University Medical School, Southampton General Hospital, U.K.


Two overlapping genomic fragments have been cloned from Chlamydia trachomatis serovar L1 DNA. Sequence determination of 2530 bp has revealed two open reading frames coding for 'cysteine-rich' (Cr) proteins. One of these proteins was confirmed, by analysis of the inferred amino acid sequence, as the 60-kDa Cr outer membrane protein associated with differentiation of reticulate bodies (RBs) into elementary bodies (EBs). The other smaller 15-kDa protein contained a high percentage of methionine and cysteine and may correspond to a reported smaller and co-ordinately synthesised Cr outer-membrane protein also associated with RB to EB differentiation. Sequencing showed three potential stem-loop structures within the 5', 3' and intergenic regions of the cloned fragment. Southern-blot analysis revealed that the cloned fragment is conserved in ten serovars of C. trachomatis and that a strongly cross-hybridising fragment is also present in Chlamydia psittaci.

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