Cloning and characterization of a LON gene homologue from the human pathogen Paracoccidioides brasiliensis.

A LON gene homologue from the human pathogen Paracoccidioides brasiliensis (PbLON) has been cloned, sequenced and characterized. It encodes a putative ATP-dependent proteinase Lon, which in Saccharomyces cerevisisae (PIM1) is a heat-inducible protein involved in the degradation of abnormal or short-lived proteins in the mitochondria. The PbLON ORF is within… CONTINUE READING