The endoglucanase gene of Clostridium thermocellum F7 was cloned in Escherichia coli cells using pKM4 vector. Both the physical mapping and analysis of the gene products in the E. coli mini-cells system suggest cloning of a new cell gene different from those described earlier. The activity of endoglucanase in E. coli cells is localized in the periplasm, which correlates with secretion of enzymes of this type of C. thermicellum. Apart from 2 major components with Mr 42.5 and 43 kDa, corresponding to mature protein forms, we observed the formation of minor products of various electrophoretic motilities. Cloning of the endoglucanase gene on bhr vector pBS954 controlled by its own regulatory signal yielded high level of the endoglucanase activity in the recombinant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia marcescens and Erwinia carotovora comparable with the level of the gene expression in E. coli cells.
|Publication status||Published - 1990|