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N-independent leftward transcription in coliphage lambda: deletions, insertions and new promoters bypassing termination functions

N-independent leftward transcription in coliphage lambda: deletions, insertions and new promoters bypassing termination functions

Molecular and General Genetics 168(2): 211-230

Lambda mutants capable of N-independent red-gam gene expression were isolated by selecting Fec+ plaque-forming derivatives of lambda N+ nutL- (Fec-) strains. In addition to true nutL+ reversions, three classes of second-site mutations were identified: (1) ninL deletions that remove a region containing either tL1 or both tL1 and tL2 termination signals, or only a small region (defining the rut site) just upstream from tL1, (2) new constitutive promoters that map just upstream from the tL2 termination site and which are created either by point mutations (hip) or by short insertion sequences (isp), (3) small internal deletions in gene cro. The positions and individual effects of these mutations, some of which only partially abolish termination function, provide evidence for a complex multipartite structure of the termination signals.

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PMID: 286866

DOI: 10.1007/bf00431446

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