Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 126, Issue 4, pp 291–301 | Cite as

The supX/leu-500 mutations and expression of the leucine operon

  • Lloyd H. GrafJr.
  • R. O. Burns


A presumed single site mutation designated leu-500, affects both the basal expression and response to the leucine repression signal by the leucine operon of Salmonella typhimurium. The distantly located supX mutation suppresses the leucine auxotrophy imposed by the leu-500 mutation by raising the level of basal expression while maintaining the abnormal regulation. An additional type of suppressor mutation which is closely linked to the leu-500 locus restores essentially normal regulation but maintains the low repressed expression characteristic of the leu-500 strain. The leucine sufficiency of the leu-500 strain with the linked suppressor and the supX leu-500 strains is temperature conditional in that both types require leucine for growth at 42° but not at 37°. These results, which indicate that a single site mutation can simultaneously affect promoter-like and operator-like function, are discussed in terms of DNA superstructure.


Leucine Single Site Site Mutation Basal Expression Normal Regulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lloyd H. GrafJr.
    • 1
  • R. O. Burns
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyDuke University, School of MedicineDurhamUSA

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