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Evidence for an internal promoter preceding tufA in the str operon of Escherichia coli.

We constructed plasmids carrying tufA from which the major promoter for the rpsL- rpsG-fus- tufA operon (also called the str operon) had been removed. These plasmids continued to express tufA, as judged by the ability to complement mocimycin resistance and by electrophoretic analysis of synthesized proteins. Tn5 transpositions into fus, the gene for elongation factor G, which lies immediately on the 5' side of tufA, failed to obstruct the expression of tufA. The subcloning of a 2,000-base-pair PstI-SmaI DNA fragment (containing the intercistronic region between tufA and fus, the distal portion of fus, and the proximal portion of tufA) next to promoterless tetracycline resistance genes (tet) yielded a plasmid that was capable of bestowing resistance to 12 microgram of tetracycline per ml. The removal of an EcoRI fragment that lies within fus destroyed the ability of the 2,000-base-pair PstI-SmaI fragment to promote the transcription of tet. These data indicate that, in addition to the operon's major promoter rpsLp, there is an internal promoter, tufAp, which can be used for the transcription of tufA, tufAp probably lies within fus, about 50 base pairs upstream from its 3' end and 120 base pairs from the start codon of tufA. The relative activities of tufB and of tufA-from-tufAp were estimated by a comparison of beta-galactosidase activities of almost identical EF-Tu-beta-galactosidase protein fusions; they were approximately equal.[1]


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