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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 1996

Fibronectin-Binding Protein of Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus

Lindmark, Hans; Guss, Bengt; Frykberg, Lars; Jacobsson, Karin


By screening a genomic lambda library of Streptococcus equi subsp, zooepidemicus, we have cloned and sequenced a gene, termed fnz, encoding a fibronectin (Fn)-binding protein called FNZ. On the basis of the deduced amino acid sequence of FNZ, the mature protein has a molecular mass of similar to 61 kDa, Analysis of FNZ reveals a structural organization similar to that of other cell surface proteins from streptococci and staphylococci, The Fn-binding activity is localized to two domains in the C-terminal part of FNZ. One domain is composed of five repeats, which contain a motif similar to what has earlier been found in other Fn-binding proteins in streptococci and staphylococci. The first and second repeats are separated by a short stretch of amino acids, including the motif LAGESGET, which is an important part of the second Fn-binding domain, This motif is also present in an Fn-binding domain (UR) in protein F of Streptococcus pyogenes, A fusion protein covering the Fn-binding domain of FNZ inhibits the binding of the 29-kDa N-terminal fragment of Fn to cells of various streptococcal species as well as to Staphylococcus aureus.

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Infection and Immunity
1996, Volume: 64, number: 10, pages: 3993-3999