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The gene (pepN) encoding an aminopeptidase N (PepN) has been cloned from Streptomyces lividans. This was done using either leucine-beta-naphthylamide or arginine-beta-naphthylamide in a liquid overlayer on colonies growing on agar medium to screen for overproduction of the ability to hydrolyse the substrates. The nucleotide sequence of pepN was determined(More)
A strain of Streptomyces lividans 66 deleted for a major tripeptidyl aminopeptidase (Tap) was used as a host to screen an S. lividans genomic library for clones overexpressing activity against the chromogenic substrate Ala-Pro-Ala-beta-naphthylamide. In addition to reisolation of the tap gene, clones representing another locus, slpD, were uncovered. slpD(More)
A skimmed-milk clearing assay was used to identify, in a multicopy Streptomyces lividans 66 genomic library, DNA fragments that lead to increased expression of protease activity in S. lividans 66. Three independent loci were identified. The majority class (slpA, which represented 68 of 71 clones) produced large zones of clearing. Two other classes(More)
A gene encoding a Streptomyces lividans homologue of the chymotrypsin-like serine protease (SAM-P20) of Streptomyces albogriseolus was isolated using the Streptomyces griseus prtB gene as a hybridization probe. Nucleotide sequence analysis of a representative clone uncovered the possible presence of a sequence of 900 nucleotides encoding 300 amino acids,(More)
The gene encoding a tripeptidyl aminopeptidase (Tap) from Streptomyces lividans was cloned by using a simple agar plate activity assay. Overexpression of the cloned gene results in the production of a secreted protein which has an apparent subunit molecular weight of 55,000 and is responsible for the major amino-terminal degradative activity in culture(More)
Following the construction of a series of pSV2-cat derived plasmids containing the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) gene under the control of a eukaryotic trout protamine promoter, it was noted that Escherichia coli, transformed with these plasmids, developed resistance to chloramphenicol (CM). This result suggested that the eukaryotic trout(More)
Amino-terminal degradation has been observed for many of the secreted heterologous proteins produced by S. lividans 66. We, therefore, set out to characterize the relevant proteinases and their genes. A tripeptide chromogenic substrate was used to identify a gene that was shown to encode a secreted protein which removed tripeptides from the amino terminus(More)
The in vitro expression of two distinct proteins from overlapping reading frames in a sequence of rainbow trout genomic DNA has been demonstrated. In vitro transcription of DNA sequences, cloned in a plasmid under the control of Salmonella phage 6 polymerase promoter, led to the synthesis of two distinct and functional mRNAs corresponding to the protamine(More)
We have investigated the aminopeptidase activities present inStreptomyces lividans strains. The majority of these activities proved to be intracellular with multiple active species. Two aminopeptidase P genes were identified to be responsible for the ability to hydrolyze amino terminal peptide bonds adjacent to proline residues. Two other broad spectrum(More)
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