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Mol Gen Genet. 1992 Mar;232(1):117-25.

The promoter region of the Escherichia coli pepD gene: deletion analysis and control by phosphate concentration.

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Universit├Ąt Kaiserslautern, Fachbereich Biologie, FRG.


A series of deletions removing progressively larger parts of the 5' flanking region of the Escherichia coli pepD gene was constructed. After fusing the resulting promoter fragments to the chromosomal malPQ operon, their activities were determined by assaying for amylomaltase, the product of the malQ gene. Transcription from the pepD promoter region in exponentially growing cells was estimated to be about 5 times less efficient than transcription from the induced lac promoter. Approximately 115 bp preceding the translation start site of the pepD gene are important for regular promoter functioning, whereas the more distal sequences could be deleted without any significant effects. In bacterial cultures containing limiting amounts of inorganic phosphate, the rate of de novo synthesis of peptidase D, simultaneously with the derepression of alkaline phosphatase, increased about fivefold as a consequence of phosphate starvation. This regulation was shown to occur at the transcriptional level by the use of chromosomal pepD promoter-malPQ fusions. The inducibility by phosphate limitation was conserved in all of the deletion clones in which the pepD promoter region was still functional. As demonstrated by the use of phoB, R, and M mutants, the modulation of pepD expression is independent of the genetic system controlling the pho regulon.

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