Margot Baetens

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Forty-four sequences of ornithine carbamoyltransferases (OTCases) and 33 sequences of aspartate carbamoyltransferases (ATCases) representing the three domains of life were multiply aligned and a phylogenetic tree was inferred from this multiple alignment. The global topology of the composite rooted tree (each enzyme family being used as an outgroup to root(More)
The flhF gene of Pseudomonas putida, which encodes a GTP-binding protein, is part of the flagellar-motility-chemotaxis operon. Its disruption leads to a random flagellar arrangement in the mutant (MK107) and loss of directional motility in contrast to the wild type, which has polar flagella. The return of a normal flhF allele restores polar flagella and(More)
EmrR negatively regulates the transcription of the multidrug resistance pump-encoding operon, emrRAB, by binding to its regulatory region. The binding site spans the promoter and the downstream sequence up to the transcriptional start site of the operon. Structurally unrelated drugs that induce the pump interfere with this binding.
An arginine biosynthetic gene cluster, argC-argJ, of the extreme thermophilic bacterium Thermus thermophilus HB27 was isolated by heterologous complementation of an Escherichia coli acetylornithinase mutant. The recombinant plasmid (pTHM1) conferred ornithine acetyltransferase activity to the E. coli host, implying that T. thermophilus uses the(More)
The ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTC) gene from Thermus thermophilus was cloned from a lambda-ZAP genomic library. An ORF of 903 bp was found coding for a protein of Mr 33,200. The coding region has a very high overall G+C content of 68.0%. T. thermophilus OTC displays 38-48% amino acid identity with other OTC, the most closely related proteins being OTC(More)
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