Map location and nucleotide sequence of korA, a key regulatory gene of promiscuous ptasmid RK2

David H. Bechhofer, David H. Figurski

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Abstract

From our earlier work, we know that the korA gene of broad host range plasmid RK2 is located within the 50.4'-56.4' region. By additional sub-cloning of this region, we have mapped korA to the segment between the Haell site at 55.0' and the Hindi site at 55.6′. The direction of korA transcription (55.6′ to 55.1′) was determined by two methods: (1) inac-tivation of korA expression signals and fusion of the structural gene to other promoters; and (2) hybridization analysis of korA-specific RNA's synthesized 1n vivo. We have determined the nucleotide sequence of the korA region. A potentially strong promoter overlaps the Hindi site at 55.6′, and there is a coding region which specifies the putative korA poly-peptide. That this is the korA gene was supported by sequence analysis of Bal31-generated deletion mutants of korA. The sequence shows the korA product to be a small, basic polypeptide of 101 amino acids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7453-7469
Number of pages17
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Volume11
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Nov 1983
Externally publishedYes

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