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Nucleic Acids Res. 1990 Sep 11;18(17):5045-50.

DNA sequence analysis of the imp UV protection and mutation operon of the plasmid TP110: identification of a third gene.

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Department of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Liverpool, UK.


The sequence of the imp operon of the plasmid TP110 (which belongs to the Incl1 incompatibility group) has been determined, and is shown to contain three open reading frames. This operon, involved in UV protection and mutation, is functionally analogous to the umuDC operon of E. coli and the mucAB operon of the plasmid pKM101, which belongs to the quite unrelated IncN incompatibility group. The umu and muc operons however contain only two open reading frames, coding for proteins of approximately 16kD and 46kD. The high degree of homology between the two 16kD proteins (UmuD and MucA) and between the two 46kD proteins (UmuC and MucB) clearly shows their relatedness. This is shown also to extend to the imp gene products, with ImpA sharing homology with UmuD and MucA, and ImpB sharing homology with UmuC and MucB. However, the two imp genes are preceded in the operon by a third gene, impC, which encodes a small protein of 9.5kD and which has no equivalent in the umu and muc operons.

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