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Title: Alteration of the carboxyl-terminal domain of Ada protein influences its inducibility, specificity, and strength as a transcriptional activator.

Authors: Shevell, D E; LeMotte, P K; Walker, G C

Published In J Bacteriol, (1988 Nov)

Abstract: The ada gene of Escherichia coli K-12 encodes the regulatory protein for the adaptive response to alkylating agents. A set of plasmids carrying ordered deletions from the 3' end of the ada gene were isolated and characterized. These ada deletions encode fusion proteins that derive their amino termini from ada and their carboxyl termini from the downstream vector sequence that occurs before an in-frame stop codon. Several of these ada deletions encode Ada derivatives that constitutively activate ada transcription to very high levels. A second class of ada deletions encode Ada derivatives that are dominant inhibitors of the inducible transcription of ada but are inducible activators of alkA transcription. In addition, we found that two Ada derivatives containing the same ada sequences but fused to different vector-derived tails have strikingly different properties. One Ada derivative constitutively activates both ada and alkA expression to very high levels. In contrast, the other Ada derivative is an inducible activator of ada expression, like the wild-type Ada protein, but is not an inducible activator of alkA transcription. Our data suggest that the carboxyl terminus of the Ada protein plays a key role in modulating the ability of the Ada protein to function as a transcriptional activator.

PubMed ID: 3141384 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Alleles; Amino Acid Sequence; Bacterial Proteins/biosynthesis; Bacterial Proteins/genetics*; Bacterial Proteins/physiology; Escherichia coli Proteins*; Escherichia coli/genetics*; Genes*; Genes, Bacterial*; Genetic Vectors; Methyltransferases/metabolism; Molecular Sequence Data; O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase; Plasmids; Promoter Regions, Genetic; Transcription Factors; Transcription, Genetic*; beta-Galactosidase/metabolism

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