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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1993 Jun 30;193(3):841-7.

A bacterial protein has homology with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City 84132.


Studies from our laboratory have demonstrated the presence of a 48.5 kD cell wall protein in the bacterium, Xanthomonas maltophilia, which immunologically resembles the beta subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin. Primers were designed from the amino acid sequences of enzymatically cleaved peptide fragments of this protein. These primers were used to obtain PCR amplified products, which were subsequently cloned in a PCR11TA cloning vector, and a 492 base pair nucleotide sequence was obtained with a 164 amino acid open reading frame. When this nucleotide sequence was aligned with exon 2 of genes 5 and 6 of the beta hCG gene, a 53% homology was observed. The translated protein sequence had a 35% homology with hCG and a 25% homology with human luteinizing hormone.

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