A gene cluster associated with the biosynthesis of the serotype e-specific polysaccharide antigen (SPA) of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans IDH1705 belonging to serotype e was cloned and sequenced. This cluster consisted of 18 open reading frames. Escherichia coli produced the polysaccharide that reacts with the serotype e-specific antiserum when transformed with a plasmid containing the cluster. Comparing the structure of the gene cluster with similar clusters from A. actinomycetemcomitans strains Y4 (serotype b) and NCTC9710 (serotype c) revealed that a 5.3-kb region containing the distal half of one gene and two entire genes in the cluster from strain IDH1705 replaced a 6.2-kb region containing eight genes in the cluster from strain Y4, and a 4.7-kb region containing four genes in the cluster from strain NCTC9710. These results suggest that this region is essential to the antigenic specificity of serotype e A. actinomycetemcomitans. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Gene Structure and Expression|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 23 1999|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology