Characterization of the fMet initiator tRNA gene of Bartonella bacilliformis

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A ribosomal RNA operon was cloned from the agent of human Oroya fever, Bartonella bacilliformis. The 3′ end of the operon contains a 77-nucleotide (nt) N-formylmethionine (fMet) initiator tRNA-encoding gene with 100% sequence identity to the fMet tRNA-encoding gene of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. The 3′ region downstream from the gene has an 8-nt inverted repeat and 28 contiguous direct repeats of the heptamer 5′-TTCTCTA. To date, B. bacilliformis and R. sphaeroides are the only known eubacteria which have an fMet tRNA-encoding gene within the 3′ end of their rRNA operons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-152
Number of pages2
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 6 1993


  • Oroya fever
  • Proteobacteria
  • Rhodobacter, Rickettsiales
  • hemotrophic pathogenic bacteria
  • nucleotide sequence
  • ribosomal RNA operon


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