Partially overlapping fragments of the gene encoding yeast DNA polymerase I have been cloned by immunological screening of a yeast genomic library constructed in the phage λ expression vector λgt11. The three gene fragments we analyzed in detail encode part of a yeast protein that has been identified as yeast DNA polymerase I, because it shares with this enzyme a number of antigenic determinants. In fact, the yeast protein fragments expressed by the recombinant phages react with both polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies raised against different, highly purified preparations of DNA polymerase I. Moreover, they can be used to affinity purify antibodies specifically reacting with active DNA polymerase I polypeptides and they compete with the yeast enzyme for binding to antibodies that inhibit catalytic activity. The gene is located on chromosome XIV in the yeast genome, and it is transcribed as a 5.2 kb mRNA.
- DNA polymerase
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