Escherichia coli exonuclease VII. Cloning and sequencing of the gene encoding the large subunit (xseA)

J. W. Chase, B. A. Rabin, J. B. Murphy, K. L. Stone, K. R. Williams

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We have determined the sequence of the gene encoding the large subunit of Escherichia coli exonuclease VII (xseA) and the amino acid sequence of the protein it encodes. The coding region of the xseA gene is 1368 base pairs. The protein encoded by the gene contains 456 amino acids and has a calculated molecular weight of 51,823. The promoter for xseA is close to that for guaB, and these two genes are transcribed in opposite directions: xseA clockwise and guaB counterclockwise on the standard E. coli genetic map. The cloned xseA gene can be complement an xseA deletion mutant strain. In an xseA+ genetic background production of large quantities of the xseA gene product appeared to decrease the amount of exonuclease VII activity in cell extracts. In fact, no exonuclease VII activity at all could be detected following inducton of strains in which the xseA gene was under λpL regulation. These observations suggest that the proper ratio of the large and small exonuclease VII subunits must be maintained in order to produce active enzyme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14929-14935
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number32
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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