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Transcription termination: sequence and function of the rho-independent tL3 terminator in the major leftward operon of bacteriophage lambda



Transcription termination: sequence and function of the rho-independent tL3 terminator in the major leftward operon of bacteriophage lambda



Gene 17(3): 247-258



For cloning, assaying the function and sequencing terminators, we have constructed the pD12 plasmid, in which the late promotor p'R of phage lambda controls the expression of the galK gene of the pK03 plasmid of McKenney et al. (1981). The lambda tL3 terminator region was cloned in this plasmid between the promoter and the galK gene, and found to be 90-94% effective in preventing galactokinase expression in both rho+ and rho- hosts. Is is also active in vitro, both in the presence or absence of the rho factor. The termination point is located at 4320 bp to the left of the SL startpoint of the PL-RNA, just downstream of gene exo. We have sequenced 356 bp of the hitherto uncharted lambda DNA to the right of the TaqI cut, which in turn is 110 bp to the right of the b522 deletion at 63.9% lambda. The tL3 terminator has several features common to other rho-independent termination sequences, including an 81% G+C-rich region of 2X8-bp symmetry ("stem") with a 5-bp intervening "loop", partially overlapping and followed by a sequence transcribed into the pyrimidine-rich CCUUUCU-OH 3' terminus of the RNA. The termination point that follows the last U was determined by the S1 mapping technique.

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PMID: 6213446

DOI: 10.1016/0378-1119(82)90140-8


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