A 570-kb DNA sequence of the Escherichia coli K-12 genome corresponding to the 28.0-40.1 min region on the linkage map.
Aiba H., Baba T., Fujita K., Hayashi K., Inada T., Isono K., Itoh T., Kasai H., Kashimoto K., Kimura S., Kitakawa M., Kitagawa M., Makino K., Miki T., Mizobuchi K., Mori H., Mori T., Motomura K., Nakade S., Nakamura Y., Nashimoto H., Nishio Y., Oshima T., Saito N., Sampei G., Seki Y., Sivasundaram S., Tagami H., Takeda J., Takemoto K., Takeuchi Y., Wada C., Yamamoto Y., Horiuchi T., et al.
The 569,750 base pair sequence corresponding to the 28.0-40.1 min region on the genetic map of Escherichia coli K-12 (W3110) was determined. This region includes the replication terminus region and contained at least 549 potential open reading frames. Among them, 160 (29%) were previously reported, 174 (32%) were homologous to other known genes, 102 (18%) were identical or similar to hypothetical genes registered in databases, and the remaining 113 (21%) did not show a significant similarity to any other gene. Of interest was the finding of a large number of genes and gene clusters in and near the replication termination region which had been thought to be genetically silent. Those included a cluster of genes for fatty acid beta-oxidation, the third copy of the pot (spermidine/putrescine transport system) gene cluster, the second dpp (dipeptide transport system) operon, the second dsm (anaerobic dimethyl sulfoxide reductase) operon, a cluster of fim (fimbrial) genes and a DNA helicase-like gene with a high molecular weight. In addition, we found the dnaC- and dnaT-like genes in the cryptic prophage, Rac, and a number of genes originated probably from plasmids.