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"Identification and characterization of ssb and uup mutants with increased frequency of precise excision of transposon Tn10 derivatives: nucleotide sequence of uup in Escherichia coli."

Reddy M, Gowrishankar J

Published May 1, 1997 in J Bacteriol volume 179 .

Pubmed ID: 9139905

A Lac+ papillation assay was used to identify mutants (tex) of Escherichia coli that exhibit an increased frequency of precise excision of a lacZ::Tn10dKan insertion. Three tex strains had suffered mutations in the gene (ssb) encoding the essential single-stranded DNA-binding protein SSB, which resulted in the following alterations in the 177-residue protein: G4D; L10F, P24S; and V102M. The phenotypes of these ssb mutants indicated that they were largely unaffected in other functions mediated by SSB, such as DNA replication, recombination, and repair. Strains with multicopy ssb+ exhibited a decreased frequency of Tn10dKan precise excision. Three other tex mutants had insertion mutations in the locus designated uup at 21.75 min on the linkage map. The nucleotide sequence of uup was determined, and the gene was inferred to encode a 625-amino-acid hydrophilic protein that belongs to the superfamily of ABC-domain proteins (with two pairs of the Walker A and B motifs), which are postulated to be involved in coupling ATP hydrolysis with other biological processes. The uup gene product shares extensive homology with the deduced sequences of two proteins of Haemophilus influenzae. The uup gene is also situated immediately upstream of (and is transcribed in the same direction as) the paraquat-inducible SoxRS-regulated pqi-5 gene, two reported promoters for which are situated within the uup coding sequence.

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