African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12237

Short Communication

Molecular cloning and sequencing of penicillin G acylase from Shigella boydii

Montazam Seyed Hassan1*, Safar Farajnia2,3 and Raheb Aboshof4
  1Microbiology Department, Islamic Azad University, Bonab Branch, Iran. 2Drug applied Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran. 3Biotechnology Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran. 4Microbiology Department, Biology faculty, Baku State University, Azerbaijan Republic.
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  •  Accepted: 09 March 2009
  •  Published: 06 April 2009



In this study, 290 non-Escherichia coli Enterobacteriasea that were isolated from environmental and clinical specimen, were sent to the laboratory for examination with routine microbiological tests for identification of isolates. After identification, non-E. coli isolates were inspected by PCR for existence of penicillin G acylase (PGA) gene. Then, a PGA positive strain (Shigella boydii) from clinical specimens was selected for further analysis. First, DNA was isolated and PCR reactions were conducted using primers based on conserved region of PGA genes. The PCR reaction resulted in amplification of a specific product with expected length. The PCR product was cloned in pGEM-T Easy vector. Sequencing revealed that the gene, composed of encodes a polypeptide of 846 amino acid residues. Analysis of obtained sequence against databases showed the highest homology (about 96%) with the PGA gene reported from S. boydii.


Key words: Penicillin G acylase, Shigella boydii, identification.