Similarity between the Rhizobium meliloti flip gene and pathogenicity-associated genes from animal and plant pathogens
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The nucleotide sequence of the Rhizobium meliloti (Rm) fliP gene was determined. Rm strains carrying insertions within this gene were non-motile, lacked flagella and formed normal N2-fixing root nodules on alfalfa. The FliP protein showed similarity to several bacterial gene products involved in pathogenicity in both plant and animal pathogens. It is likely that all of these proteins share a common functional role in the secretion of specific proteins from bacterial cells.
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