The aroC gene encoding chorismate synthase and the ndk gene encoding nucleoside diphosphate kinase (Ndk) were cloned from Staphylococcus aureus. DNA sequencing suggests that aroC is located in an operon with aroB and aroA and encodes a protein of 388 amino acids with 61% identity to the aroF gene product of Bacillus subtilis. The ndk gene of S. aureus encodes a protein of 149 amino acids which exhibits a high degree of identity to other bacterial Ndk proteins. The 3' end of the S. aureus gerCC gene was also identified by sequencing and was located immediately upstream of ndk. The gerCA and gerCB genes were found to be located upstream of gerCC by Southern hybridization analysis. This observed linkage of the gerC genes with the ndk, aroC and aroB genes has been similarly observed in B. subtilis. The S. aureus chorismate synthase was overexpressed to a high level in Escherichia coli using a T7 promoter plasmid construct, the enzyme was purified to near homogeneity in two steps and found to be a homotetramer with a subunit molecular mass, estimated by electrospray mass spectrometry, of 43024 Da. The properties of S. aureus chorismate synthase are compared with those of the B. subtilis and E. coli enzymes.