We characterize two dominant copy number mutants of a derivative of plasmid pMB1. One of the two mutations maps in the-35 region of the primer promoter and results in increased promoter activity. The analysis of the secondary structure in the proximity of the mutant sequence suggests a possible mechanism which could be the basis of the promoter-up phenotype. By comparing the properties of the mutant and the wild type plasmid in an in vitro system, we confirm that the primer and not its coding sequence is the target of RNA I inhibition. The second mutation affects the sequence of the primer so that it is less sensitive to inhibition by RNA I. We propose that this mutation stabilizes a secondary structure necessary for primer formation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
- Applied Mathematics
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis