Transcriptional and translational signals of the uidA gene in Escherichia coli K12

Mol Gen Genet. 1987 Jul;208(3):490-8. doi: 10.1007/BF00328145.


The expression of uidA is negatively controlled by the products of the uidR and uxuR genes and is sensitive to catabolite repression. The locations of the transcriptional and translational signals of uidA were determined using lac gene fusions and S1 mapping experiments. The promoter structure of uidA resembles that of a promoter activated by cAMP receptor protein (CRP); putative control regions are located at positions -10 and -35 (relative to the transcription start site), are separated by more than 17 bp and exhibit poor homology with the normally recognized consensus sequences. Moreover, 80 bp separate the promoter from the translational signals. No CRP binding site was detected in the promoter region of uidA. Two operator sites, 01 and 02, were identified: 01 has a greater affinity for the UidR repressor, whereas 02 has a greater affinity for the UxuR repressor, but the two repressor molecules are able to bind at both the 01 and 02 sites. Analysis of two operator constitutive mutations allowed the location of one of the two UidR repressor binding sites; it contains palindromic units spanning the TaqI site of the uidA control region.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes
  • Escherichia coli / enzymology
  • Escherichia coli / genetics*
  • Genes*
  • Genes, Bacterial*
  • Genotype
  • Glucuronidase / genetics*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Protein Biosynthesis*
  • Transcription, Genetic*
  • beta-Galactosidase / genetics


  • DNA Restriction Enzymes
  • beta-Galactosidase
  • Glucuronidase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X02395