Metagenome represent an unlimited resource for discovery of novel genes. Here we report, sequence analysis of a salt tolerant metagenomic clone (6B4) from a pond water metagenomic library. Clone 6B4 had an insert of 2254 bp with G+C composition of 64.06%. DNA sequence from 6B4 showed homology to DNA sequences from proteobacteria indicating origin of 6B4 metagenomic insert from a yet uncharacterized proteobacteria. Two encoded proteins from clone 6B4 showed match with ATP-dependent Clp protease adaptor protein (ClpS) and phasin, while two truncated encoded proteins showed match with poly-3-hydroxybutyrate synthase and permease. Clp complex is known to play a role in stress tolerance. Expression of ClpS from metagenomic clone is proposed to be responsible for salt tolerance of the metagenomic clone 6B4.
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