The sacB and sacC genes encoding levansucrase and sucrase form a gene cluster in Zymomonas mobilis

P. Gunasekaran, G. Mukundan, R. Kannan, S. Velmurugan, N. Aït-Abdelkader, E. Alvarez-Macarie, J. Baratti

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The Zymomonas mobilis gene sacB that encodes the extracellular levansucrase was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. The gene product exhibited both sucrose hydrolysis activity and levan forming capability. Sub-cellular fractionation of E. coli carrying pLSS41 revealed that about 95% of the total sucrase activity was detected in the cytoplasmic fraction. The levansucrase gene was overexpressed (about hundred fold) in E. coli under T7 polymerase expression system. Nucleotide sequence analysis of this gene revealed an open reading frame of 1269 bp long coding for a protein of 423 amino acids with a molecular mass of 46.7 KDa. The deduced amino acid sequence was identical to the N-terminal amino acids of protein A51 of Z. mobilis ZM4. Therefore, the product of sacB is levansucrase. This is the first extracellular enzyme of Z. mobilis sequenced which does not possess a signal sequence. This gene is located 198 bp upstream of sacC gene encoding for the extracellular sucrase forming a gene cluster

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-642
Number of pages8
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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