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Gene. 1985;34(1):47-54.

Physical and genetic characterization of cloned enterobactin genomic sequences from Escherichia coli K-12.


We have cloned genes responsible for enterobactin synthesis (entD) and transport (fepA,fes) from Escherichia coli K-12. Relevant recombinant plasmids enabled EntD- and transport-defective mutants to grow on iron-limiting medium. Subcloning and deletion analysis demonstrated that the gene order is entD-fepA-fes. Protein synthesis studies in minicells suggest that FepA is first translated as an Mr 84 000 precursor, which is subsequently cleaved to the active Mr 81 000 receptor; the fes gene product is an Mr 44 000 protein; no polypeptide has been identified as the entD gene product.

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