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Nucleic acids research

Isolation and nucleotide sequence of the Aspergillus restrictus gene coding for the ribonucleolytic toxin restrictocin and its expression in Aspergillus nidulans: the leader sequence protects producing strains from suicide.


PMID 2020539

Abstract

We describe the cloning and characterization of the gene coding for the ribotoxin restrictocin, from Aspergillus restrictus (gene res, EMBL accession Number X56176). This toxin is a potent inhibitor of protein synthesis in eucaryotes and is of potential interest as a component of immunotoxins. To analyze the mechanism of self-protection in the producing organism, the res gene was cloned into the vector pFB39 and introduced into Aspergillus nidulans. The secretion of active restrictocin from transformants suggests that the pro-toxin is not an active nuclease but is activated during the process of secretion.

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