Phylogenetic relationships of methionine aminopeptidase 2 among Encephalitozoon species and genotypes of microsporidia

  • Pandrea I
  • Mittleider D
  • Brindley P
 et al. 
  • 5

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 4

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

This report describes the characterization and phylogenetic analysis of the deduced amino acid sequences of methionine aminopeptidase 2 (MetAP-2) enzymes from microsporidian species and genotypes of the genus Encephalitozoon. Fragments of DNA encoding 318 to 335 amino acid residues of the MetAP-2 genes were isolated from genomic DNA prepared from cultured spores of Encephalitozoon hellem, Encephalitozoon intestinalis, and Encephalitozoon cuniculi genotypes I-III. Sequence comparisons of the deduced amino acid residues indicated that the microsporidian sequences are MetAP-2-like rather than MetAP-1-like. Alignments demonstrated that the new Encephalitozoon sequences included sequences and structures conserved in eukaryotic MetAP-2s, including the five conserved, active site residues, Asp, Asp, His, Glu, and His, considered to be critical for catalysis and for coordinating the cation (e.g., cobalt) co-factor, and included residues known to interact with the antibiotic, fumagillin. The primary structure of the Encephalitozoon MetAP-2s, however, showed some dissimilarity with human and yeast MetAP-2s, including the absence of the NH2-terminal polylysine tract. Phylogenetic comparison of these Encephalitozoon MetAP-2s with orthologues from related species and from other informative taxa confirmed that the MetAP-2s of these Encephalitozoon species and strains are closely related to each other and cluster with MetAP-2s. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Emerging infectious disease
  • Encephalitozoon
  • Fumagillin
  • Methionine aminopeptidase 2
  • Microsporidiosis
  • Molecular phylogeny
  • Opportunistic pathogen

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free