The precursors of Euplotes raikovi pheromones Er-2 and Er-10 have been structurally characterized from the sequences of their coding regions that were amplified and cloned using the polymerase chain reaction and oligonucleotide primers corresponding to conserved sequences of the gene for pheromone Er-1. The predicted amino acid sequences contain 75 residues distributed through three domains: signal peptide, pro segment and mature pheromone. Despite the conservation of the overall length, there is variation in the size of the pro segments and of the mature pheromones. The comparison of the sequences shows a gradient of identity from the amino to the carboxyl terminus; the signal sequences are identical (with greater-than-or-equal-to 95% identity in the nucleotide sequences), the pro segments more variable and the mature pheromones quite diverse. The processing site of the pro pheromones, to produce the mature forms, is apparently characterized by the unusual Xaa-Asp sequence.
|Titolo:||Structural characterization of mating pheromone precursors of the ciliate protozoan Euplotes raikovi.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1991|
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