Structure of CARB-4 and AER-1 carbenicillin-hydrolyzing beta-lactamases.

We determined the nucleotide sequences of blaCARB-4 encoding CARB-4 and deduced a polypeptide of 288 amino acids. The gene was characterized as a variant of group 2c carbenicillin-hydrolyzing beta-lactamases such as PSE-4, PSE-1, and CARB-3. The level of DNA homology between the bla genes for these beta-lactamases varied from 98.7 to 99.9%, while that… (More)