The cpeBA operon of the Group III chromatically adapting cyanobacterium Pseudanabaena species PCC 7409 was cloned, sequenced and characterized. The cpeBA genes are transcribed in green‐light‐grown cells as an abundant 1400‐nucleotide mRNA which initiates 69 nucleotides upstream from the cpeB translation start. Extensive sequence identity, extending 70 nucleotides 5′ to the transcription start, occurs among cpeBA promoters of Group II and III chromatic adapters. Cell extracts of green‐light‐grown Calothrix species PCC 7601 contain an activity which specifically binds a restriction fragment containing the Pseudanabanea species PCC 7409 cpeBA promoter. Green‐light‐dependent cpeBA transcription in Group II and III chromatically adapting cyanobacteria is suggested to be similarly controlled by a transcriptional activator.
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|Published - Dec 1991
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology