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Title: Molecular cloning, heterologous expression, and functional characterisation of a malate synthase gene from Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2)
Authors: Loke, P. 
Sim, T.-S. 
Keywords: Glyoxylate pathway
Polymerase chain reaction
Primary metabolism
Issue Date: 2000
Source: Loke, P., Sim, T.-S. (2000). Molecular cloning, heterologous expression, and functional characterisation of a malate synthase gene from Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2). Canadian Journal of Microbiology 46 (8) : 764-769. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With the rapid generation of genetic information from the Streptomyces coelicolor genome project, deciphering the relevant gene products is critical for understanding the genetics of this model streptomycete. A putative malate synthase gene (aceB) from S. coelicolor A3(2) was identified by homology-based analysis, cloned by polymerase chain reaction, and fully sequenced on both strands. The putative malate synthase from S. coelicolor has an amino acid identity of 77% with the malate synthase of S. clavuligerus, and possesses an open reading frame which codes for a protein of 540 amino acids. In order to establish the identity of this gene, the putative aceB clones were subcloned into the expression vector pET24a, and heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3). Soluble cell-free extracts containing the recombinant putative malate synthase exhibited a specific activity of 1623 (nmol·mg-1·min-1), which is an increment of 92-fold compared to the non-recombinant control. Thus, the gene product was confirmed to be a malate synthase. Interestingly, the specific activity of S. coelicolor malate synthase was found to be almost 8-fold higher than the specific activity of S. clavuligerus malate synthase under similar expression conditions. Furthermore, the genomic organisation of the three Streptomyces aceB genes cloned thus far is different from that of other bacterial malate synthases, and warrants further investigation.
Source Title: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/131267
ISSN: 00084166
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