Nucleotide sequence of the Thiobacillus ferrooxidans chromosomal gene encoding mercuric reductase

Chihiro Inoue, Kazuyuki Sugawara, Toshikazu Shiratori, Tomonobu Kusano, Yoshichika Kitagawa

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Abstract

The nucleotide sequence of the Thiobacillus ferrooxidans chromosomal mercuric-reductase-encoding gene (merA) has been determined. The merA gene contains 1635 bp, and shares 78.2% and 76.6% sequence homology with the transposon, Tn501, and plasmid R100 merA genes, respectively. From the sequence, a 545-amino acid (aa) polypeptide was deduced, and comparison with those of Tn501 and R100 revealed 80.6% and 80.0% homology, respectively, at the aa sequence level. Divergence among the three merA aa sequences was clustered within a specific region (aa positions 41-87). By analysis of codon usage frequency, it is speculated that the T. ferrooxidans merA gene originated from Tn501, R100, or a common ancestral gene, but not from T. ferrooxidans itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-54
Number of pages8
JournalGene
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1989 Dec 7
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mercury resistance
  • codon usage
  • protein homology
  • recombinant DNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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