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Can J Microbiol. 2000 Dec;46(12):1159-65.

Identification of DNA sequences that regulate the expression of the Enterobacter cloacae UW4 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid deaminase gene.

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Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada.


Analysis of the DNA sequence upstream of the previously isolated Enterobacter cloacae UW4 ACC deaminase gene (Shah et al. 1998) suggests that this segment contains several features that are thought to be involved in the transcriptional regulation of this gene. These features include half of a CRP (cAMP receptor protein) binding site, an FNR (fumarate-nitrate reduction) regulatory protein binding site, an LRP (leucine responsive regulatory protein) binding site, and an LRP-like protein coding region. ACC deaminase activity was measured following growth of either various Escherichia coli strains carrying a plasmid that contained the Enterobacter cloacae UW4 ACC deaminase gene, or of Enterobacter cloacae UW4. Variables that were compared include aerobic versus anaerobic conditions, the presence and absence of ACC in the growth medium, addition of leucine to the medium, and bacterial strains that did or did not contain either lrp or fnr genes. The data reported are consistent with the involvement of most, if not all, of the above mentioned potential regulatory regions in the expression of ACC deaminase.

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