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

Escherichia coli RNA polymerase binding sites and transcription initiation sites in the transposon Tn3.

We have identified the Escherichia coli RNA polymerase-binding sites and the transcription initiation sites in the transposon Tn3. Results from nitrocellulose filter-binding assays indicate that there are two regions within Tn3 capable of forming stable binary complexes with RNA polymerase. The two regions are a 208-bp region containing the N-terminal coding sequence of the transposase (tnpA) and repressor (tnpR) genes, and a 332-bp region containing the N-terminal coding sequence for the beta-lactamase ( bla) gene. DNase I footprint analysis of the 208-bp and 332-bp fragments further defined an extended region of protection, approx. 110 bp long, located between the transposase and repressor coding regions, and an 80-bp region of protection near the N-terminal coding sequence of the beta-lactamase gene. In vitro transcription studies with fragments containing these protected regions allowed us to determine the precise transcription initiation sites for the transposase, repressor, and beta-lactamase mRNAs. The transposase and repressor mRNAs are transcribed divergently and their transcription initiation sites are separated by 80 bp. The -35 homology regions for the transposase and repressor promoters are separated by 10 bp and the -10 homology region of the transposase promoter is coincident with the recombination site (res) for the site-specific recombinase activity (resolvase) of the repressor protein, which is required for resolution of Tn3 cointegrates. We discuss the significance of this complex divergently transcribed promoter region with respect to regulation of Tn3 transposition and we propose a model for coordinated regulation of the tnpA and tnpR genes. We also compare the Tn3 tnpA-tnpR intercistronic region with that of the closely related transposon gamma delta.[1]


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