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Cell. 1982 Oct;30(3):883-92.

Regulation of Tn5 by the right-repeat proteins: control at the level of the transposition reaction?


The transposon Tn5 consists of inverted repeats, called IS50R and IS50L, each of which encode two proteins. We show here that the larger protein encoded on IS50R, protein 1, is absolutely required for transposition. Deletion or insertion mutants that fail to make this protein fail to promote gene movement. In addition, his protein acts in cis preferentially. We also show that the smaller protein encoded on IS50R, protein 2, is competent to inhibit transposition of a Tn5 freshly introduced into the cell on a lambda phage. In contrast, the proteins from IS50L possess neither of these two activities. By assaying expression of proteins that are hybrids between beta-galactosidase and IS50R proteins, we find that the regulation of transposition cannot be due to the inhibitor repressing synthesis of Tn5 proteins. Control experiments, in which we assay synthesis of IS50 proteins synthesized from a lambda::IS50R that has been infected into cells carrying the transposition inhibitor, confirm this conclusion.

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