Mevinolin-resistant mutations identify a promoter and the gene for a eukaryote-like 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase in the archaebacterium Haloferax volcanii.

  title={Mevinolin-resistant mutations identify a promoter and the gene for a eukaryote-like 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase in the archaebacterium Haloferax volcanii.},
  author={Wan L. Lam and W. Ford Doolittle},
  journal={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  volume={267 9},
  • W. Lam, W. Doolittle
  • Published 25 March 1992
  • Medicine, Biology
  • The Journal of biological chemistry
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