leucyl tRNA corepressor
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
The livR gene encoding the repressor for high-affinity branched-chain amino acid transport in Escherichia coli has been cloned from a library prepared from the episome F106. The inserted DNA fragment from the initial cloned plasmid, pANT1, complemented two independent, spontaneously derived, regulatory mutations. Subcloning as well as the creation of deletions with Bal31 exonuclease revealed that the entire regulatory region is contained within a 1.1-kb RsaI-SalI fragment. Expression of the pANT plasmids in E. coli minicells showed that the regulatory region encodes one detectable protein with an apparent molecular weight of 21,000. DNA sequencing revealed one open reading frame of 501 bp encoding a protein with a calculated MW of 19,155. The potential secondary structure of the regulatory protein has been predicted and it suggests that the carboxy terminus may fold into three consecutive alpha helices. These results suggests that the livR gene encodes a repressor which plays a role in the regulation of expression of the livJ and the livK transport genes.
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