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mreC  -  cell wall structural complex MreBCD...

Escherichia coli str. K-12 substr. MG1655

Synonyms: ECK3238, JW3219
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Disease relevance of mreC


High impact information on mreC

  • The initiation codon of the mreD gene overlaps the termination codon of the mreC gene by one nucleotide residue [1].
  • The mreC gene is preceded by the mreB gene and by a 65-base-pair spacing sequence containing a palindrome sequence and a possible Shine-Dalgarno sequence [1].

Biological context of mreC

  • New shape-determining genes in the mre cluster at 71 min on the Escherichia coli chromosome map, named mreC and mreD, were identified by complementation experiments using delta mre-678 mutant cells, which have a 5-kilobase-pair deletion encompassing the mre region, and by DNA sequencing [1].


  1. New mre genes mreC and mreD, responsible for formation of the rod shape of Escherichia coli cells. Wachi, M., Doi, M., Okada, Y., Matsuhashi, M. J. Bacteriol. (1989) [Pubmed]
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