Cloning, sequence and regulation of expression of the 1exA gene of Aeromonas hydrophila

Joan Riera, Jordi Barbé

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The lexA gene of Aeromonas hydrophila (Ah) has been isolated by using a specific one-step cloning system. The Ah LexA repressor is able to block Escherichia coli (Ec) SOS gene expression and is likely to be cleaved by the activated RecA protein of this bacterial species after DNA damage. Ah lexA would encode a protein of 207 amino acids (aa), which is 75% identical to the LexA repressor of Ec. Two Ec-like SOS boxes have been located upstream from Ah lexA, the distance between them being 4 bp, whereas this same distance in Ec lexA is 5 bp. The structure and sequence of the DNA-binding domain of the LexA repressor of Ec, as well as the region at which its hydrolysis occurs, are highly conserved in Ah LexA. Moreover, a residue of the region implicated in the specific cleavage reaction, and which is present in all known RecA-cleavable repressors, is changed in the Ah LexA. Expression of Ah lexA is DNA-damage inducible in both the Ah and Ec genetic backgrounds to the same extent. In contrast, Ec lexA is poorly induced in DNA-injured Ah cells. © 1995.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-75
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 1995


  • RecA
  • Recombinant DNA
  • SOS box
  • repressor


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