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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1994 Mar 15;117(1):103-6.

New unified nomenclature for genes involved in the oxidation of methanol in gram-negative bacteria.

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Keck Laboratories 138-78, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena 91125.


The system involving the oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde in Gram-negative methylotrophic bacteria is complex. A total of 32 genes have been reported, termed mox, for methanol oxidation, and it is possible that more will be identified. Some mox genes carrying out completely different functions have been given the same designations by different laboratories and others have been given separate designations that were later discovered to be the same. It is now important to change the mox nomenclature to remedy this confusing situation. This communication proposes a new nomenclature for genes involved in methanol oxidation based on currently known linkage groups.

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