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The genes coding for the antigen 85 complexes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis BCG are members of a gene family: cloning, sequence determination, and genomic organization of the gene coding for antigen 85-C of M. tuberculosis.

By J Content, A de la Cuvellerie, L De Wit, V Vincent-Levy-Frébault, J Ooms and J De Bruyn


A gene encoding the 33-kDa secreted protein of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (antigen 85-C) was isolated and sequenced. The corresponding DNA sequence contains a 1,020-bp coding region. The deduced amino acid sequence corresponds to a 340-residue protein consisting of a 46-amino-acid signal peptide and a 294-amino-acid mature protein. Comparison with previously described genes for the 30-kDa antigen (the alpha antigen of M. bovis BCG, also called antigen 85-B) and the 32-kDa antigens from M. bovis BCG and M. tuberculosis (antigens 85-A) indicates that the three genes share considerable sequence homology (70.8 to 77.5%) but may also code for distinctive epitopes. Strong differences among the three sequences are clearly visible upstream and downstream from the region coding for the mature proteins. The three genes have been detected in the genome of M. bovis BCG by Southern blot hybridization with three type-specific probes. Furthermore, hybridization of large DNA fragments (100 to 1,000 kbp) from M. tuberculosis separated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis showed that the three genes coding for the antigen 85 complex are not clustered within the bacterial genome

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1991
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:258154
Provided by: PubMed Central
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