Insights into the LexA regulon of Thermotogales

Gerard Mazón, Susana Campoy, Antonio R. Fernández de Henestrosa, Jordi Barbé

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The lexA genes of Thermotoga maritima and Petrotoga miotherma, both members of the Order Thermotogales, have been cloned and their transcriptional organization, as well as the functional characteristics of their encoded products, analyzed. In both bacterial species, the lexA gene was found to be co-transcribed together with another four (T. maritima) or three (P. miotherma) upstream open-reading frames. The P. miotherma LexA was able to bind promoters of both the cognate lexA encoding operon and the uvrA gene but not to that of the recA. Conversely, LexA protein and crude cell extracts from T. maritima were unable to bind promoters governing the expression of either its lexA or recA genes. In agreement with these observations, no functional copy of the P. miotherma LexA box, corresponding to the GANTN6GANNAC motif, seems to be present in the T. maritima genome. Giving support to the proposal that the evolutionary branching order of the Order Thermotogales is very close to that of Gram-positive bacteria, the P. miotherma LexA protein was still able to recognize the previously described LexA-binding sequence for Gram-positive bacteria. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-137
JournalAntonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006


  • DNA damage
  • LexA protein
  • Order Thermotogales
  • SOS response


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