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A lambda placMu1 insertion was made into araE, the gene for arabinose-proton symport in Escherichia coli. A phage containing an araE'-'lacZ fusion was recovered from the lysogen and its restriction map compared with that of the 61-min region of the E. coli genome to establish the gene order thyA araE orf lysR lysA galR; araE was transcribed toward orf. A 4.8-kilobase SalI-EcoRI DNA fragment containing araE was subcloned from the phage lambda d(lysA+ galR+ araE+) into the plasmid vector pBR322. From this plasmid a 2.8-kilobase HincII-PvuII DNA fragment including araE was sequenced and also subcloned into the expression vector pAD284. The araE gene was 1416-base pairs long, encoding a hydrophobic protein of 472 amino acids with a calculated Mr of 51,683. The amino acid sequence was homologous with the xylose-proton symporter of E. coli and the glucose transporters from a human hepatoma HepG2 cell line, human erythrocytes, and rat brain. The overexpressed araE gene product was identified in Coomassie-stained sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis gels of cell membranes as a protein of apparent Mr 35,000 +/- 1,150. Arabinose protected this protein against reaction with N-ethylmaleimide.


Journal article


J Biol Chem

Publication Date





8003 - 8010


Amino Acid Sequence, Bacterial Proteins, Base Sequence, Carrier Proteins, Cloning, Molecular, DNA, DNA Restriction Enzymes, Escherichia coli, Escherichia coli Proteins, Ethylmaleimide, Gene Expression Regulation, Membrane Proteins, Molecular Sequence Data, Phenotype, Transcription, Genetic