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Gene. 1985;35(3):271-8.

Nucleotide sequence of the gene ereA encoding the erythromycin esterase in Escherichia coli.

Abstract

We have cloned and determined the nucleotide sequence of the gene ereA of plasmid pIP1100 which confers high-level resistance to erythromycin (Em) in Escherichia coli. The gene was defined by initiation and termination codons and by in vitro insertion-inactivation into an open reading frame (ORF) of 1032 bp corresponding to a product with an Mr of 37 765. However, the enzyme, an Em esterase, displayed an apparent Mr of 43 000 upon electrophoresis of a minicell extract on the SDS-polyacrylamide gels. The G + C content (50.5%) of the gene ereA and the preferential codon usage in its ORF suggest that this resistance determinant should be indigenous to E. coli.

PMID:
3899861
DOI:
10.1016/0378-1119(85)90005-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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