Deletion and duplication of specific sequences in the K88ab fimbrial subunit protein from porcine enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli

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Small, defined in-frame deletions and in-frame duplications of specific sequences were made within the faeG gene encoding the K88ab fimbrial subunit protein from porcine enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. The cellular localization and proteolytic stability of the different mutated fimbrial subunit proteins were determined, and compared with those of the wild-type protein. Based upon these results, we predict a functional role of specific structures in the K88ab fimbrial subunit protein in subunit-subunit interactions as well as in interactions between FaeG and the other proteins encoded by the K88ab operon. The results obtained were further compared with results obtained from operon deletions, linker insertion mutagenesis and the current model for biogenesis of K88 fimbriae. One of the mutated fimbrial subunit genes was used to construct a secreted in-frame fusion between FaeG and a characterized epitope (lacking cysteine) from the Hepatitis B pre-S2 protein. Such fusion proteins might be useful in the design of recombinant vaccines.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMGG Molecular & General Genetics
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)285-291
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1991

    Research areas

  • Escherichia coli, K88 fimbriae, Organelle assembly, Protein secretion

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