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Common evolutionary origin of the phage T4 dam and host Escherichia coli dam DNA-adenine methyltransferase genes.

By S Hattman, J Wilkinson, D Swinton, S Schlagman, P M Macdonald and G Mosig


We compared the known DNA nucleotide and encoded amino acid sequences of the Escherichia coli and bacteriophage T4 dam (DNA-adenine methyltransferase) genes. Despite the absence of any DNA sequence homology, there were four regions (11 to 33 residues long) of amino acid sequence homology containing 45 to 64% identity. These results suggest that the genes for these two enzymes have a common evolutionary origin

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1985
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