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FEBS Lett. 1996 Sep 30;394(2):206-12.

Identification of a second Mycobacterium tuberculosis gene cluster encoding proteins of an ABC phosphate transporter.

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Institut Pasteur, Department of Virology, Brussels, Belgium.


Following the identification of a M. tuberculosis phosphate transporter belonging to the superfamily of ABC transporters, we report on the cloning and sequencing of two additional genes, called pstS-3 and pstC-2, encoding proteins homologous to PstS and PstC of Escherichia coli, respectively. Together with the previously isolated M. tuberculosis gene similar to the E. coli pstA, these are included in a cluster encoding a second putative phosphate transport system. We demonstrate that pstS-3 encodes the previously described Ag 88, a 40 kDa M. bovis BCG culture filtrate antigen (immunodominant in H-2b haplotype type mice). Finally, a signature motif identifying integral transmembrane proteins of prokaryotic phosphate binding-dependent permeases is proposed.

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