Characterization of lambda Escherichia coli hybrids carrying chemotaxis genes

M Silverman, P Matsumura, M Hilmen, M Simon
1977 Journal of Bacteriology  
Molecular cloning techniques were used to construct hybrid Escherichia coli lambda phage and isolate Col El factors that carried the cheB region of the E. coli genome. The products of these genes were examined by using a series of deletions in the phage to stimulate specific polypeptide synthesis in ultravioletirradiated cells and by using Col factor to program protein synthesis in minicells. Seven flagellar related polypeptides were synthesized. Three of these with apparent molecular weights
more » ... molecular weights of 38,000, 28,000, and 8,000 were associated with the cheB region; three polypeptides 63,000, 61,000, and 60,000 were associated with the region that maps between cheB and cheA. These bands were referred to as the triplet group. We suggest that these polypeptides are the same as the methyl-accepting chemotaxis protein described by Kort et al. (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S. A. 72:3939-3943, 1975). Another polypeptide with a molecular weight of 12,000 is associated with the cheA region which also produces at least three gene products. We conclude that the cheA-cheB region in E. coli is complex. Further genetic and biochemical analyses are required to describe all of these products.
doi:10.1128/jb.130.2.877-887.1977 fatcat:qdbyv4pg7jg2rmdxfr25owxrym