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The extracellular alkaline protease produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa is secreted by a specific pathway, independent of the pathway used by most of the other extracellular proteins of this organism. Secretion of this protease is dependent on the presence of several genes located adjacent to the apr gene. Complementation studies have shown that PrtD, E, and F, the three secretion functions for Erwinia chrysanthemi proteases B and C (Létofféet al., 1990), can mediate the secretion of the alkaline protease by Escherichia coli. he secretion functions involved in α-haemloysin secretion in E. coli(hlyB, hlyD, tolC) can also be used to complement alkaline protease secretion by E. coli, although less efficiently. These data indicate that protease secretion mechanisms in Pseudomonas and Erwinia are very similar and are homologous to that of E. coliα-haemolysin.
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