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Identification, cloning and sequence analysis of the Bacillus sphaericus 1593 41.9 kD larvicidal toxin gene

Hindley, J. and Berry, Colin 1987. Identification, cloning and sequence analysis of the Bacillus sphaericus 1593 41.9 kD larvicidal toxin gene. Molecular Microbiology 1 (2) , pp. 187-194. 10.1111/j.1365-2958.1987.tb00511.x

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Abstract

A number of strains of the widespread aerobic soil bacterium, Bacillus sphaericus, possess crystalline inclusions of a toxin lethal to a variety of insect (larvae) which are vectors of major tropical diseases. Partlal amino acid sequence data from one strain, B. sphaerlcus 2362 have permitted us to design oLigo-nucleotide probes for identifying the toxin gene in the closely related B. sphaericus 1593. The gene was found to be contained within an Eco RI-Hin dIII fragment and was cloned in its entirety in the bacterial plasmid pUC12. The DNA sequence was determined together with the upstream and downstream controlling elements, and a sequence of 370 amino acids was deduced for the toxin protein. This is the first reported sequence of a B. sphaericus toxin gene and will facilitate further work in characterizing the genes from other strains of different virulence and host range. The data do not support the suggestion that the toxin is derived by proteolysis of a protoxin precursor.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0950-382X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:47
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/64841

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