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J Mol Biol. 1983 Dec 15;171(3):337-43.

Transcription of the sulA gene and repression by LexA.


The Escherichia coli sulA gene product is a highly unstable protein, whose synthesis in response to DNA damage is associated with an inhibition of septation. Genetic evidence as well as sequence information suggests that the sulA gene is part of the E. coli SOS system and is induced after DNA damage. We have constructed a plasmid carrying only the sulA gene; this plasmid is stable only when it contains an amber mutation in the sulA structural gene. Using fragments of this plasmid, we have carried out in vitro transcription experiments and demonstrated one major start site for RNA transcription. We have mapped this initiation point to an adenylate residue 30 nucleotides before the protein start. Purified LexA protein completely abolishes this transcription, in agreement with the prediction made from the genetic and sequence information previously available.

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