Identification of Four Genes of the Brucella melitensis ATP Synthase Operon F0 Sector: Relationship with the Rhodospirillaceae Family Academic Article uri icon


  • We have determined the nucleotide sequence of a cloned DNA fragment from the human and animal pathogen Brucella melitensis. Four genes were identified from a 4069 bp fragment, corresponding to the B. melitensis a, c, b', and b subunits of the ATP synthase F0 sector operon. A duplicated and divergent copy of the b-subunit gene was observed. This feature has been found only in photosynthetic bacteria and chloroplasts. In addition, the gene cluster was separated from the F1 sector, a characteristic described only for the Rhodospirillaceae family.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hernández-Castro, R., Verdugo-Rodríguez, A., Gutiérrez-Pabello, J. A., Adams, L. G., Suárez-Güemes, F., & Sahagún-Ruíz, A.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • January 2000