A putative ATP-binding protein from the che/fla locus of bacillus subtilis

Michael L. Kirsch, Phillip B. Carpenter, George W. Ordal

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A majority of the chemotaxis and flagellar genes of Bacillus subtilis are found in the major che/fla operon which spans over 26 kilobases of DNA and encodes at least 30 genes. In this operon, a single open reading frame, designated orf298, has been demonstrated to encode a 33, 131 Dalton protein which shows no evidence of being involved in chemotaxis or motility. A strain disrupted in orf298 was assayed for motility and chemotaxis and always behaved as the wild-type strain. Inspection of the translated sequence revealed a consensus ATP-binding region. While the role of ORF298 has not yet been determined, ATP-binding and/or hydrolysis is a likely function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-275
Number of pages5
JournalMitochondrial DNA
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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