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F sex factor of Escherichia coli K-12 codes for a single-stranded DNA binding protein.

In Escherichia coli K-12 strains that carry the mutation ssb-1 in the gene for single-stranded DNA binding protein, the presence of the F sex factor partially reverses the temperature-sensitive growth phenotype caused by the mutation. The region of F (EcoRI fragment 3) responsible for this compensation has been identified and subcloned onto pBR322. A BamHI cleavage site has been found to intersect the essential coding region for this F function. By using this site, mutational blocks in the function have been constructed and used to identify a protein product (Mr approximately 22,000, slightly larger than the E. coli K-12 single-stranded DNA binding protein) which is correlated with the ssb-1-complementing activity. Labeled extracts from maxicells were used to show that this protein binds tightly to single-stranded DNA. The gene on F that codes for this protein is denoted ssf and is located at approximately 55.2 kilobases on the standard map of F, in the region transferred very early during bacterial conjugation.[1]


  1. F sex factor of Escherichia coli K-12 codes for a single-stranded DNA binding protein. Kolodkin, A.L., Capage, M.A., Golub, E.I., Low, K.B. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1983) [Pubmed]
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