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A second cluster of genes encoding the E1 alpha, E1 beta, and E2 subunits of branched-chain alpha-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCDH), bkdFGH, has been cloned and characterized from Streptomyces avermitilis, the soil microorganism which produces anthelmintic avermectins. Open reading frame 1 (ORF1) (bkdF, encoding E1 alpha), would encode a polypeptide of 44,394(More)
The eight natural avermectins produced by Streptomyces avermitilis have the carbon skeleton of either isobutyric or S-2-methylbutyric acid incorporated into their structures. A mutant of S. avermitilis has been isolated that contains no functional branched-chain 2-oxo acid dehydrogenase activity. The mutant, in contrast to its parent, is unable to grow with(More)
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