Transcriptional analysis of the Clostridium cellulovorans endoglucanase gene, engB

Graeme T. Attwood, Hans P. Blaschek, Bryan A. White

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An endoglucanase gene, which was shown to be identical to the previously sequenced engB gene [Attwood et al. (1993) Abstr. Ann. Meet. Am. Soc. Microbiol.], was isolated from a Clostridium cellulovorans genomic library. Because of the lack of transcriptional information concerning engB we examined its expression in C. cellulovorans and in the geterologous hosts Escherichia coli and C. acetobutylicum following transformation of engB. Northern analysis suggested that both E. coli and C. acetobutylicum produced several transcripts of various sizes. C. cellulovorans produced a single transcript of 1600 bp with the relative amount of engB mRNA from cellulose-grown cells being much greater than that from cellobiose-grown cells. Primer extensions showed that engB was transcribed from a single transcription initiation site in C. cellulovorans preceded by sequences similar to promoter sequences found in Gram-positive bacteria. Primer extensions from both E. coli and C. acetobutylicum strains containing the engB gene showed multiple transcription initiation sites, none of which corresponded to the site determined in C. cellulovorans. We conclude that transcriptional control of the engB gene is less stringent in heterologous backgrounds and postulate that expression of the engB gene in C. cellulovorans is increased in the presence of cellulose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-284
Number of pages8
JournalFEMS microbiology letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 15 1994


  • Clostridium cellulovorans
  • Endoglucanase
  • Regulation
  • mRNA Transcript

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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