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Nucleic Acids Res. 1986 May 27;14(10):4325-42.

Nucleotide sequence and transcriptional analysis of the E. coli ushA gene, encoding periplasmic UDP-sugar hydrolase (5'-nucleotidase): regulation of the ushA gene, and the signal sequence of its encoded protein product.


The DNA sequence of the ushA gene, encoding UDP-sugar hydrolase (5'-nucleotidase), has been determined. The amino-terminal sequence encodes a signal peptide whose predicted processing site is confirmed by N-terminal amino acid analysis of purified mature UshA protein. The signal sequence contains a concentration of rare codons in comparison with the mature sequence. The origins of transcription from the ushA promoter have been determined, using primer extension. Three transcripts, originating within a 6 bp region, were identified and might be related to three overlapping potential -10 hexamers in the ushA promoter region. There was a discernable change in the relative proportion of these transcripts during growth-phase regulation of the ushA gene.

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