The entire galactose (gal) operon of Klebsiella pneumoniae was isolated and functionally analyzed in Escherichia coli The genes encoding galactokinase (galK), galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (galT), and UDP-galactose-4-epimerase (galE) were mapped by complementation analysis. The gene order E-T-K was found to be identical to that of Salmonella spp. and E. coli. Analysis of the nucleotide sequence in the control region revealed significant homology with that of E. coli Two major sites for transcriptional initiation, both mapped to a cytosyl residue, were identified by primer extension. When the operon is expressed in E. coli, the K. pneumoniae gal gene products make up about 30% of the total cellular proteins. The presence of a powerful promoter responsible for high level synthesis of the gal proteins was also demonstrated using β-galactosidase as reporter.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Biochemistry|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1992|