The major Aeromonas veronii outer membrane protein: Gene cloning and sequence analysis

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The gene encoding the major outer membrane protein (OMP) from Aeromonas veronii, Omp38, was cloned and characterized. Sequence analysis revealed an open reading frame of 1,047 nucleotides coding for a primary protein of 349 amino acids with a 20-amino-acid signal peptide at the N-terminal and the consensus sequence Ala-X-Ala (Ala-Asn-Ala) as the signal peptidase I recognition site. The mature protein is composed of 329 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 36,327 Da. The degree of identity of the deduced Omp38 amino acid sequence to porins from enteric bacteria (OmpF, PhoE, and OmpC) was only 30%. Nevertheless, Omp38 possesses typical features of Gram-negative porins, including acidic pI, high glycine and low proline content, no cysteine residues, and a carboxy-terminal Phe. On the basis of PhoE-OmpF three-dimensional structure and the Kyte-Doolittle hydrophobicity analysis, it seems likely that Omp38 secondary structure consists of 16 antiparallel β-strands and 8 loops. Phylogenetic analyses among Omp38 and related porins from Gram-negative bacteria originate well-defined clusters that agree with the taxonomy of the corresponding organisms. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005.

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Current Microbiology