2000 Volume 64 Issue 11 Pages 2512-2516
The gene encoding β-N-acetylglucosaminidase (GlcNAcaseA) was cloned using PCR with degenerate oligonucleotide primers from the partial amino acid sequence of the enzyme. The gene encoded a polypeptide of 863 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 97 kDa. A characteristic signal peptide, which was present at the amino-terminus of the precursor protein, contained four amino acids (Ala-Gly-Cys-Ser) identical in sequence and location to the processing and modification sites of the outer membrane lipoprotein of Escherichia coli, indicating that the mature GlcNAcaseA is a lipoprotein the N-terminal cysteine residue of which would be modified by the fatty acid that anchors the protein in the membrane. The predicted amino acid sequence of GlcNAcaseA showed similarity to bacterial β-N-acetylglucosaminidases belonging to the family 20 glycosyl hydrolases.
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