Cloning, sequencing and distribution of the Salmonella typhimurlum LT2 siaiidase gene, nanH, provides evidence for interspecies gene transfer

Lois L Hoyer, Allison C. Hamilton, Susan M. Steenbergen, Eric R Vimr

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Abstract

The Salmonella typhimurium LT2 sialidase (neuraminidase, EC 3.2.1.18) structural gene, nanH, has been cloned and sialidase overproduced from multicopy plasmids in Escherichia coli. Sialidase expression was regulated positively by cAMP. In contrast, certain Tn 1000 insertions located upstream of nanH coding sequences reduced sialidase activity. A nanH chromosomal insertion mutation constructed by marker exchange demonstrated a single sialidase gene copy In S. typhimurium LT2. The complete nucleotide sequence of nanH, encoding a 41 300 dalton polypeptide, was determined and the derived primary structure was similar to sialidases from Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium sordellii, Bacteroides fragills, and Trypanosoma cruzi. Comparative sequence analysis, including codon usage and secondary structure predictions, indicated that the S. typhimurium and clostridial sialidases are homologous, strongly suggestive of an interspecies gene transfer event. At least two primary sequence motifs of the bacterial enzymes were detected in influenza A virus sialidases. The predicted secondary structure ol the bacterial enzymes was strikingly similar to viral sialidase. From the population distribution of nanH detected within a collection of salmonellae, it was apparent that S. typhimurium obtained its nanH copy most recently from Salmonella arizonae. S. typhimurium LT2 is thus a genetic mosaic that differs from other strains of even the same serotype by nanH plus potentially additional characters linked to nanH. These results have relevance to the evolution and function of sialidases in pathogenic microbes, and to the origin of the sialic acids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)873-884
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Microbiology
Volume6
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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