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Gene. 1996 Oct 17;176(1-2):163-9.

Homologs of Escherichia coli recJ, gltX and of a putative 'early' gene of avian Chlamydia psittaci are located upstream of the 'late' omp2 locus of Chlamydia psittaci strain guinea pig inclusion conjunctivitis.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rochester Medical Center, NY 14642, USA.


The nucleotide sequence of nearly 6 kb of genomic DNA located immediately upstream of the omp3-omp2 operon of Chlamydia psittaci strain GPIC was obtained, revealing four significant open reading frames (ORFs), named ORF1, ORF2, ORF4 and ORF5. Searches for homologous sequences in the GenBank/EMBL databases have revealed that: (a) the open-ended ORF1 putatively encodes an homolog of RecJ of Escherichia coli, thought to be required for RecBCD-independent and conjugational recombination, and for UV repair; (b) the predicted translation product of ORF4 is highly homologous to the putative product of EUO, a previously described ORF of avian C. psittaci strain 6BC which is preferentially transcribed early during the life cycle; and (c) ORF5 putatively encodes an homolog of bacterial glutamyl-tRNA synthetases. This analysis establishes the genetic linkage of late (omp3-omp2) and of a proposed early (EUO) genes in Chlamydia.

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