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"Interaction of LexA repressor with the asymmetric dinG operator and complete nucleotide sequence of the gene."

Lewis LK, Mount DW

Published Aug. 1, 1992 in J Bacteriol volume 174 .

Pubmed ID: 1629168

The dinG gene was originally isolated during a search for Escherichia coli promoters which are components of the SOS regulon. The regulatory region of this gene contains a potential binding site for LexA repressor which is quite different from other known sites. All previously described chromosomal LexA operators are imperfect palindromes containing the sequence CTG(N10)CAG. The noncanonical dinG sequence breaks the symmetry and takes the form TTG(N10)CAG. In the present study, a search for mutations within dinGop::galK fusion plasmids which render transcription independent of intracellular levels of LexA has yielded mutations only within this 16-bp sequence. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays performed with purified mutant and wild-type operator fragments revealed that the affinity of LexA for each of the mutant sites is greatly reduced compared with that of the wild type. One of the mutants contained an alteration in the putative promoter of dinG which increased the similarity of the -35 region to the consensus sequence (TTGGCT----TTGACT); the apparent promoter activity of this construct was subsequently found to be approximately eight times higher than that of the wild type in vivo. Additional experiments have established the complete nucleotide sequence of the dinG gene. A long open reading frame located immediately downstream of the asymmetric operator segment which could potentially encode a 72.9-kDa DinG protein was identified.

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