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Title: Functional elements of the promoter, leader and intergenic spacer regions of ribosomal RNA operon(s) of mycobacteria
Author: Ji, Yuanen
ISNI:       0000 0001 3590 5254
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 1993
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This study was focused on the promoter and non-coding regions of the ribosomal RNA (rrn) operon(s) of mycobacteria; namely, the leader and the intergenic spacer regions. Two clones containing the promoter sequences of M .leprae and M. tuberculosis rrn operon were sequenced, their promoter elements were identified by primer extension experiments and by comparison with E.coli consensus promoter sequences. Their function was tested in E.coli and M. smegma tis . The sequences of the leader and intergenic spacer regions from eight and six species respectively were established after amplification by means of peR. Both leader and spacer regions contain antitermination elements and RNaseIII processing sites. The sequences established for these two regions also showed greater variability than the 168 rRNA gene and are suitable for phylogenetic studies. The sequences of the two rrn operons of M.smegmatis upstream from the 168 rRNA gene were cloned and sequenced. Their sequences showed that rrnI has a Box B element which is typical of slow-growers and that rrnII does not. Primer extension studies revealed that the rrn operon of slow-growers has a single promoter. In contrast multiple promoters were identified in the faster-growing M.smegmatis. Distinctive features, which are absent from slow-growers, were identified in the intergenic spacer regions of M.smegmatis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Cloning and expression of mycobacterial genes