Two tandem genes encoding glucosyltransferase synthesizing water-soluble glucan (GTF-S) were cloned from the lambda gene library of Streptococcus cricetus HS-6 (serotype a) using anti-GTF-S antibody, and the nucleotide sequences were analyzed. The two genes (ORF1 and ORF2) were identified as streptococcal glucosyltransferases based on the following evidence:  the deduced amino acid sequences of their products have an active site for catalytic action and C-terminal repeated units for dextran binding, and  a homology search revealed that the ORF1 and ORF2 products are homologous to the GtfS protein (77.4%) of S. downei Mfe28 and GtfT protein (83.8%) of S. sobrinus OMZ176, respectively, which are both known to have GTF-S activity. Therefore, ORF1 and ORF2 might be designated gtfS and gtJT of S. cricetus, respectively. A Northern blotting and RNase protection assay suggested that the gtfS and gtfT of S. cricetus are transcribed as a single bicistronic mRNA as well as separate monocistronic mRNAs. Primer extension analysis indicated multiple transcriptional start points for each gene.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||MICROBIOLOGY and IMMUNOLOGY|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
- Streptococcus cricetus
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