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Regulation of the pR operon of bacteriophage lambda

Regulation of the pR operon of bacteriophage lambda

Journal of Molecular and Applied Genetics 2(1): 45-56

The E. coli lambda lysogen, OR1263, carries the fusion pR-cro-tR1-IS2-gal. The gal promoter is deleted and gal expression from pR, in the absence of the lambda antitermination factor N, is blocked by the efficient transcription terminator in IS2. Selection for Gal+ yields strains deleted for the IS2 terminator and various portions of the lambda chromosome. Analysis of these deletions reveals the following: (a) The lambda tR1 terminator is about 50% efficient. (b) In two deletions sequenced, DNA loss occurred as a result of homologous recombination between a 2- or a 4-base pair repeat. (c) By measuring the ability of lambda N product to suppress the polarity of a gal ochre mutation, we demonstrate that the N utilization site in the lambda pR operon lies between tR1 and cro. (d) The level of Cro repressor synthesized by a single copy prophage is sufficient to repress the cI maintenance promoter, prm, but is inadequate to inhibit pR.

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