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Molecular characterization of a gene region involved in lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis in Bradyrhizobium japonicum: cloning, sequencing and expression of rfaf gene.

A 3.0-kb region involved in lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis in Bradyrhizobium japonicum was sequenced. One complete open reading frame was identified which encodes a polypeptide of 354 amino acid residues with a predicted molecular mass of 38 209 Da. Expression of the protein using a T7 gene expression system revealed a band of similar molecular mass after sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. A database search against known gene sequences revealed a significant sequence similarity to the rfaF gene cloned from several Gram-negative bacteria. The rfaF gene is known to encode heptosyltransferase II that transfers a second heptose to the inner core of lipopolysaccharide. The cloned B. japonicum open reading frame was able to functionally complement a rfaF mutant of Salmonella typhimurium SL3789. Transformation of this mutant with the B. japonicum gene restored production of an intact lipopolysaccharide and resistance to the hydrophobic antibiotic, novobiocin. An additional open reading frame having a significant sequence similarity to the rfaD gene was found to be divergently oriented to the rfaF gene.[1]


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