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Title: Isolation and characterization of Tn5 insertion mutations in the lexA gene of Escherichia coli.

Authors: Krueger, J H; Elledge, S J; Walker, G C

Published In J Bacteriol, (1983 Mar)

Abstract: A Mu d(Ap lac)-generated fusion of lacZ to dinD, a gene induced by DNA damage, was used to isolate Tn5 insertion mutations that affect the regulation of the SOS responses. Three mutants were obtained that contained Tn5 insertions genetically linked to the lexA gene and had properties that suggested the mutants were deficient in lexA expression. The lexA protein has been shown to function as the repressor for genes involved in the SOS responses. By Southern blotting experiments, the three Tn5 insertions were physically mapped to distinct locations within the coding region of the lexA gene. The introduction of these mutations in six strains carrying lacZ fusions to different damage-inducible genes resulted in high expression of beta-galactosidase in all but one of the strains. In the dinF fusion strain, lacZ expression was reduced below that seen in a lexA+ background. Physical mapping studies of the dinF locus gave results consistent with the notion that dinF is part of the lexA transcription unit and that a lexA::Tn5 mutation has a polar effect on dinF expression. With certain din-lac fusion strains, a correlation was seen between the amount of beta-galactosidase production and the location of the particular Tn5 insertion within the lexA gene.

PubMed ID: 6298183 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Alleles; Base Sequence; DNA Transposable Elements*; Escherichia coli/genetics*; Genes, Bacterial*; Mutation*; Phenotype; Time Factors

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