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Can J Microbiol. 1993 Dec;39(12):1155-61.

Nucleotide sequence of the hemG gene involved in the protoporphyrinogen oxidase activity of Escherichia coli K12.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Université de Montréal, QC, Canada.


The hemG gene of Escherichia coli K12 is involved in the activity of protoporphyrinogen oxidase, the enzyme responsible for the conversion of protoporphyrinogen IX into protoporphyrin IX during heme and chlorophyll biosynthesis. The gene is located at min 87 on the genetic map of E. coli K12. The hemG gene was isolated by a mini-Mu in vivo cloning procedure. As expected, the hemG gene is able to restore normal growth to the hemG mutant, and the transformed cells display strong protoporphyrinogen oxidase activity. Sequencing of the hemG gene allowed us to identify an open reading frame of 546 nucleotides (181 amino acids), within the minimal fragment able to complement the mutant. The presumed molecular mass of the HemG protein is 21,202 Da, in agreement with values found by SDS-PAGE, in a DNA-directed coupled transcription-translation system. The identity of the first 18 amino acids at the amino-terminal end of the protein was confirmed by microsequencing. To our knowledge, this is the first cloning of a gene involved in the protoporphyrinogen oxidase activity of E. coli.

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