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amino acid biosynthesis general control
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Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
We have isolated the Candida albicans HIS4 (CaHIS4) gene by complementation of a his4-34 Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant. The sequenced DNA fragment contains a putative ORF of 2514 bp, whose translation product shares a global identity of 44% and 55% to the His4 protein homologs of S. cerevisiae and Kluyveromyces lactis, respectively. Analysis of CaHIS4 sequence suggests that, similarly to S. cerevisiae HIS4, it codes for a polypeptide having three separate enzymatic activities (phosphoribosyl-AMP cyclohydrolase, phosphoribosyl-ATP pyrophosphohydrolase and histidinol dehydrogenase) which reside in different domains of the protein. A C. albicans his4 strain is complemented with this gene when using a C. albicans-S. cerevisiae-Escherichia coli shuttle vector, thus enabling the construction of a host system for C. albicans genetic manipulation. In addition, upstream of the sequenced CaHIS4 sequence, we have found the 3′-terminal half of a gene encoding a PEX5-like protein. The EMBL/DDJB/GenBank Accession Number of this sequence is AJ003115. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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