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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Cloning and DNA sequence of amiC, a new gene regulating expression of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa aliphatic amidase, and purification of the amiC product.

Using in vitro-constructed deletions and subcloned DNA fragments, we have identified a new gene, amiC, which regulates expression of the inducible Pseudomonas aeruginosa aliphatic amidase activity. The DNA sequence of the gene has been determined, and an open reading frame encoding a polypeptide of 385 amino acids (molecular mass, 42,834 Da) has been identified. A search of sequence libraries has failed to find homologies with other published sequences. The amiC translation termination codon (A)TGA overlaps the initiation codon for the downstream amiR transcription antitermination factor gene, implying that the amiCR operon is coordinately regulated. Disruption of the amiC open reading frame by insertion and deletion leads to constitutive amidase synthesis, suggesting that AmiC is a negative regulator. This is confirmed by the finding that a broad-host-range expression vector carrying amiC (pSW41) represses amidase expression in a series of previously characterized P. aeruginosa amidase-constitutive mutants. The AmiC polypeptide has been purified from PAC452(pSW41), and N-terminal amino acid sequencing has confirmed the gene identification.[1]


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