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Sequence analysis of the gene encoding the Chlamydia pneumoniae DnaK protein homolog.

By J M Kornak, C C Kuo and L A Campbell


The antigen-coding region of a 4.2-kb PstI fragment of Chlamydia pneumoniae (pLC3), which encodes a 75-kDa immunoreactive protein recognized during human C. pneumoniae infection, was localized to a 2.0-kb EcoRI fragment. This subclone expressed an immunoreactive fusion protein of ca. 82 kDa. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the C. pneumoniae gene revealed that it consisted of a 1,980-base open reading frame with an inferred 71,550-Da protein of 660 amino acids. Putative Escherichia coli-like promoters and a ribosomal binding site were located in the 5' upstream region, and an 11-base dyad forming a stable stem-loop structure following two in-frame stop codons was identified. The C. pneumoniae 75-kDa protein is a member of the hsp70 family of heat shock proteins and has 87% amino acid similarity with the Chlamydia trachomatis protein

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1991
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