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Eur J Biochem. 1993 Jun 15;214(3):819-27.

Two different genes coding for fibronectin-binding proteins from Streptococcus dysgalactiae. The complete nucleotide sequences and characterization of the binding domains.

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Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.


The binding of Streptococcus dysgalactiae to fibronectin involves fibronectin-binding protein(s) present on the bacterial surface. Previously, we reported the cloning of two different genes coding for cell-wall-associated fibronectin-binding proteins from S. dysgalactiae strain S2 [Lindgren, P.-E., Speziale, P., McGavin, M. J., Monstein, H.-J., Höök, M., Visai, L., Kostiainen, T., Bozzini, S. & Lindberg, M. (1992) J. Biol. Chem. 267, 1924-1931]. The two genes, fnbA and fnbB, have now been sequenced and the primary amino acid sequences of the two fibronectin-binding proteins, FnBA and FnBB, have been deduced. The two proteins have predicted molecular masses of 117 kDa and 122 kDa, respectively, and are organized in a similar way. The fibronectin-binding activities are localized in repeated motifs, 32-37 amino acids long, in the COOH-terminal regions of the proteins. The two fibronectin-binding proteins have heterologous amino acid sequences, except for the COOH-terminal ends which include the fibronectin-binding repeats. The fibronectin-binding regions of the genes have been fused to IgG-binding domains of protein A, utilizing the IgG-binding capacity of the resulting fusion proteins, to facilitate isolation of the fibronectin-binding domains.

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