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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Constitutive expression of tetracycline resistance mediated by a Tn10-like element in Haemophilus parainfluenzae results from a mutation in the repressor gene.

The Tn10-like constitutively expressed tetracycline resistance determinant from a Haemophilus parainfluenzae strain was cloned in Escherichia coli. Toxicity resulting from expression on multicopy plasmids necessitated its being cloned on a low-copy plasmid vector or in cells containing the Tn10-encoded repressor. Constitutive expression of tetracycline resistance was found to result from the synthesis of a truncated inactive repressor molecule. Instead of the 23-kilodalton repressor found in other Tn10-containing strains, this determinant encoded a 14.5-kilodalton molecule. The DNA sequence of the 700-base-pair region spanning the repressor gene and promoter-operator regions of the Haemophilus determinant was identical to that of the same region of Tn10, except for the absence of a single T X A base pair in the repressor gene. This deletion leads to premature termination of the protein. Antisera to the repressor suggested that the repressor was also absent in a second independently isolated H. parainfluenzae strain bearing a Tn10-like constitutive tetracycline resistance determinant.[1]


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