Oct 1, 1989

IS861, a group B streptococcal insertion sequence related to IS150 and IS3 of Escherichia coli

Journal of Bacteriology
C E RubensJ M Kuypers


A 1,442-base-pair (bp) insertion sequence (IS861) was identified in the type III group B streptococcal (GBS) strain COH-1. It is flanked by 26-bp imperfect inverted repeats and contains two open reading frames, 1 and 2, encoding 141- and 277-amino-acid proteins, respectively. A 3-bp target sequence, ACA, is duplicated and flanks each inverted repeat. IS861 shares greater than 30% homology with IS3 and IS150 of Escherichia coli, primarily in the region of their putative transposases. Northern (RNA) analysis revealed that RNA is actively transcribed in vivo by IS861 and 17- and 36-kilodalton proteins were synthesized in E. coli maxicell assays. Multiple copies of IS861 were observed throughout the chromosome of COH-1, and one of the copies is located near genes involved in GBS capsule synthesis. IS861 is the first insertion sequence identified in GBS. Its role in GBS and the significance of its relationship to the phylogenetically similar insertion sequences typified by IS150 and IS3 of E. coli are unknown.

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Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial
Microbial Anatomical Capsule Structure
Selfish DNA
Polysaccharides, Bacterial
Group B Streptococcal Pneumonia
Streptococcus agalactiae
Genes, Bacterial

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