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J Mol Biol. 1985 Dec 20;186(4):707-13.

Structure-function relationship in allosteric aspartate carbamoyltransferase from Escherichia coli. I. Primary structure of a pyrI gene encoding a modified regulatory subunit.


In a previous article, we have identified a lambda bacteriophage directing the synthesis of a modified aspartate carbamoyltransferase lacking substrate-co-operative interactions and insensitive to the feedback inhibitor CTP. These abnormal properties were ascribed to a mutation in the gene pyrI encoding the regulatory polypeptide chain of the enzyme. We now report the sequence of the mutated pyrI and show that, during the generation of this pyrBI-bearing phage, six codons from lambda DNA have been substituted for the eight terminal codons of the wild-type gene. A model is presented for the formation of this modified pyrI gene during the integrative recombination of the parental lambda phage with the Escherichia coli chromosome. An accompanying paper emphasizes the importance of the carboxy-terminal end of the regulatory chain for the homotropic and heterotropic interactions of aspartate carbamoyltransferase.

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