[en] A 1400-base DNA fragment, which contains the gene encoding the extracellular active-site serine beta-lactamase of Streptomyces albus G previously cloned into Streptomyces lividans [Dehottay et al. (1986) Gene 42, 31-36], was sequenced. The gene codes for a 314-amino-acid precursor, the N-terminal region of which has the characteristics of a signal peptide. The beta-lactamase as excreted by the host strain S. lividans PD6 has a ragged N-terminus, indicating either the presence of a leader peptidase of poor specificity or the action of an aminopeptidase. The primary structure (as deduced from the nucleotide sequence) was confirmed by amino acid sequencing of a 16-residue stretch at the amino terminus of the protein, a 12-residue stretch containing the active-site serine [De Meester et al. (1987) Biochem. J. 244, 427-432] and a 23-residue stretch obtained by trypsin digestion of the protein. The beta-lactamase belongs to class A, has three half-cystine residues (one of which occurs on the amino side of the active-site serine) and is inactivated by thiol reagents. Putative ribosome binding site and terminator region were identified.