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Gene. 1997 Jul 1;193(1):13-21.

Sequence and genetic analysis of the hemin storage (hms) system of Yersinia pestis.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40536-0084, USA.


We have sequenced a region from the pigmentation (pgm) locus of Yersinia pestis KIM6+ that is identified with the exogenous hemin storage (Hms+) phenotype in cells grown at 26 but not at 37 degrees C. The hmsHFRS locus encodes a putative polycistronic operon, with hmsH encoding an outer membrane protein with a deduced molecular mass of 93.4/89.5 (unprocessed/processed) kDa. The mature HmsH 788 aa polypeptide has a pI of 4.99. The hmsF gene has an open reading frame of 654 aa, encoding a 74.6/72.2 kDa OM protein with a pI of 5.16 when processed. A deduced 423 aa, 52 kDa protein with a pI of 10.83 is encoded by hmsR. HmsR has a basic, hydrophilic, and alpha-helical carboxyl terminus; 13 aa at the amino-terminal end and a 'KRKRAR' sequence at the carboxy-terminal end are essential for an Hms+ phenotype. The hmsS gene encodes a hypothetical 155 aa, 17.5 kDa protein with a pI of 6.68. Hms- Y. pestis strain M23-2 transformed with the cloned hmsHFRS locus developed an Hms(c) phenotype (Hms+ at 26-37 degrees C) due to mutations in genes outside the pgm locus.

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