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Comparison of the fibronectin-binding protein FNE from Streptococcus equi subspecies equi with FNZ from S-equi subspecies zooepidemicus reveals a major and conserved difference

Lindmark, Hans; Nilsson, Annika; Guss, Bengt


The gene fnz from Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus encodes a tell surface protein that binds fibronectin (Fn), Fifty tested isolates of S, equi subspecies equi all contain DNA sequences with similarity to fnz, This work describes the cloning and sequencing of a gene, designated fne, with similarity to,fnz from two S, equi subspecies equi isolates. The DNA sequences were found to be identical in the two strains, and sequence comparison of the fne and fnz genes revealed only. minor differences, However, one base deletion was found in the middle of the fne gene and eight base pairs downstream of the altered reading frame there is a stop codon, tin Fn-binding protein aas purified from the growth medium of a subspecies Equi culture, Determination of the NH2-terminal amino acid sequence and molecular mass, as judged by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, revealed that the purified protein is the gene product of the 5'-terminal half of fne, Fn-binding activity has earlier only been found in the COOH-terminal half of FNZ, By the use of a purified recombinant protein containing the NH2 half of FNZ, we provide here evidence that this half of the protein also harbors an Fn-binding domain.

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Infection and Immunity
2001, Volym: 69, nummer: 5, sidor: 3159-3163