Sequence and functional analysis of a divergent promoter from a cryptic plasmid of Lactobacillus acidophilus 168 S

Plasmid. 1987 Jan;17(1):69-72. doi: 10.1016/0147-619x(87)90012-6.


We have characterized three of at least five plasmids borne by Lactobacillus acidophilus 168 S. Restriction mapping indicates extensive sequence homology between at least two of them (p1 and p3). We have cloned them in Escherichia coli, and for the smallest (p1) we present the sequence of a region with two divergently arranged promoters which probably share a symmetrical (TTTAAA)-35 box and function efficiently in E. coli cells; an open reading frame contiguous to the promoter, which codes for a 120 amino acid protein of unknown function, and is transcribed in E. coli; and a transcription termination sequence next to this open reading frame. The promoter region contains an AT cluster which is similar to that of the ori2 region of the E. coli F plasmid, and is probably involved in the control of the replication of p1.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus / genetics*
  • Plasmids*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic*


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes

Associated data

  • GENBANK/M20307