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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1997 Feb 15;147(2):209-13.

Cloning and characterization of the recA of Paracoccus denitrificans and construction of a recA-deficient mutant.

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Department of Genetics and Microbiology, Autonomous University of Bellaterra, Spain.


The recA gene of Paracoccus denitrificans has been isolated from a genomic library by hybridization with the Rhodobacter sphaeroides recA gene. Its complete nucleotide sequence consists of 1071 bp encoding a polypeptide of 356 amino acids. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the P. denitrificans recA gene revealed the closest identities with the R. sphaeroides and the Rhodobacter capsulatus recA genes. Nevertheless, and surprisingly, recA genes of these two phototrophic bacteria are not DNA damage-inducible when introduced into P. denitrificans cells, whereas recA genes of both P. denitrificans and Rhizobium etli are. These results suggest that the promoters of P. denitrificans and R. etli recA genes have a similar regulatory sequence. A recA-defective mutant of P. denitrificans has also been constructed by replacement of the active recA gene by an in vitro inactivated gene copy.

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