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J Mol Biol. 1993 Jan 20;229(2):319-27.

Cloning and characterization of a novel Bacillus thuringiensis cytolytic delta-endotoxin.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, England.

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  • J Mol Biol 1993 Jul 5;232(1):323.


A gene encoding a major entomocidal polypeptide from Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kyushuensis delta-endotoxin crystals (CytB) was cloned into Escherichia coli and sequenced. The deduced amino acid sequence gave a predicted molecular mass of 29,236 Da and showed 39% identity and 70% similarity with the 27,371 Da CytA protein from Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis. The larger size of CytB compared to CytA appears to be due to additional sequence in CytB after the CytA C-terminus. Unlike CytA, CytB was freely expressed in Escherichia coli and formed cytoplasmic inclusions without the need for a "helper" protein. Electron microscopic observation of CytB inclusions revealed them to be generally amorphous, but examples possessing some lattice structure were seen.

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