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Transcriptional activation of the Escherichia coli bgl operon: negative regulation by DNA structural elements near the promoter

Singh, Jatinder and Mitali, Mukerji and Mahadevan, S (1995) Transcriptional activation of the Escherichia coli bgl operon: negative regulation by DNA structural elements near the promoter. In: Molecular Microbiology, 17 (6). pp. 1085-1092.

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Abstract

The bgl operon of Escherichia coil is transcriptionally inactive in wild-type cells. DNA insertion sequences (IS) constitute a major class of spontaneous mutations that activate the cryptic bgl promoter. In an attempt to study the molecular mechanism of activation mediated by insertion sequences, transcription of the bgl promoter was carried out in vitro. Stimulation of transcription is observed when a plasmid containing an insertionally activated bgl promoter is used as a template in the absence of proteins other than RNA polymerase. Deletions that remove sequences upstream of the bgl promoter, and insertion of a 1.2 kb DNA fragment encoding resistance to kanamycin, activate the promoter. Point mutations within a region of dyad symmetry upstream of the promoter, which has the potential to extrude into a cruciform structure under torsional stress, also lead to activation, Introduction of a sequence with dyad symmetry, upstream of an activated bgl promoter carrying a deletion of upstream sequences, results in a fourfold reduction in transcription, These results suggest that the cryptic nature of the bgl promoter is because of the presence of DNA structural elements near the promoter that negatively affect transcription.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to John Wiley and Sons.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics (formed by the merger of DBGL and CRBME)
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 11:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2010 11:45
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/25215

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