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Plasmid. 1994 Jan;31(1):1-11.

Nucleotide sequence analysis of IS1533 from Leptospira borgpetersenii: identification and expression of two IS-encoded proteins.

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Leptospirosis and Mycobacteriosis Research Unit, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa 50010.


The nucleotide sequence of IS1533, an insertion sequence-like element cloned from the spirochete Leptospira borgpetersenii, was determined. IS1533 contains imperfect terminal inverted repeats (IVR) of 31 bp flanking a 1402-bp internal sequence. A putative target sequence was identified, and insertion may result in duplication of 2 bp. The internal sequence has a single open reading frame (ORF). IS1533 encodes two proteins (43.5 and 41 kDa) initiating alternatively at either the first or the second AUG codons of the ORF. These proteins are related to a recently recognized family of IS-encoded transposases and bacterial recombinases, all which share a region of homology with the active site of the HIV reverse transcriptase. The IS1533-encoded proteins were expressed in Escherichia coli. Both the 43.5- and 41-kDa proteins bound IS1533 DNA probes in a Southwestern blot assay. These data suggest that one or both proteins function during transposition of IS1533.

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