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We report DNA and predicted protein sequence similarities, implying homology, among genes of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) bacteriophages and prophages spanning a broad phylogenetic range of host bacteria. The sequence matches reported here establish genetic connections, not always direct, among the lambdoid phages of Escherichia coli, phage phiC31 of(More)
The genome of the broad host range Streptomyces temperate phage, phiC31, is known to integrate into the host chromosome via an enzyme that is a member of the resolvase/invertase family of site-specific recombinases. The recombination properties of this novel integrase on the phage and Streptomyces ambofaciens attachment sites, attP and attB, respectively,(More)
The primary structure of human insulin-like growth factor II receptor, predicted from the complementary DNA sequence, reveals a transmembrane receptor molecule with a large extracellular domain made up of fifteen repeat sequences and a small region homologous to the collagen-binding domain of fibronectin. The structural and biochemical features of the(More)
The arginine-dependent repressor-activator from Bacillus subtilis, AhrC, has been overexpressed in Escherichia coli and purified to homogeneity. AhrC, expressed in E. coli, is able to repress a Bacillus promoter (argCp), which lies upstream of the argC gene. The purified protein is a hexamer with a subunit molecular mass of 16.7 kDa. Its ability to(More)
In Bacillus subtilis, arginine represses its biosynthetic enzymes and activates its catabolic ones via a regulator gene ahrC. A 6.2-kb EcoRI fragment of B. subtilis chromosomal DNA that includes the ahrC gene has previously been cloned. Gene ahrC was localised in a 0.8-kb HindIII sub-fragment whose nucleotide sequence was determined. An open reading frame(More)
The first potent inhibitors of glutamate racemase (MurI) enzyme that show whole cell antibacterial activity are described. Optically pure 4-substituted D-glutamic acid analogues with (2R,4S) stereochemistry and bearing aryl-, heteroaryl-, cinnamyl-, or biaryl-methyl substituents represent a novel class of glutamate racemase inhibitors. Exploration of the(More)
The binding affinities of seven analogues of recombinant human insulin-like growth factor II (hIGF-II) were characterized for the IGF type-I and type-II receptors and insulin receptors, as well as for IGF-binding protein (IGFBP)-1, IGFBP-2, IGFPB-3 and human serum IGFBPs. A switch of two of the three cysteine bridges in hIGF-II, 9-47 and 46-51 to 9-46 and(More)
The completed genome sequence of the temperate Streptomyces phage straight phiC31 is reported. straight phiC31 contains genes that are related by sequence similarities to several other dsDNA phages infecting many diverse bacterial hosts, including Escherichia, Arthrobacter, Mycobacterium, Rhodobacter, Staphylococcus, Bacillus, Streptococcus, Lactobacillus(More)
We report our experimental results supporting the hypothesis that a specific metal-chelating peptide (CP) on the NH2 terminus of a protein can be used to purify that protein using immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography (IMAC). The potential utility of this approach resides with recombinant proteins since the nucleotide sequence that codes for the(More)
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) catalyzes the first rate-limiting step in converting nicotinamide to NAD(+), essential for cellular metabolism, energy production, and DNA repair. NAMPT has been extensively studied because of its critical role in these cellular processes and the prospect of developing therapeutics against the target, yet how(More)