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The enzyme S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) synthetase, the Escherichia coli metK gene product, produces SAM, the cell's major methyl donor. We show here that SAM synthetase activity is induced by leucine and repressed by Lrp, the leucine-responsive regulatory protein. When SAM synthetase activity falls below a certain critical threshold, the cells produce long(More)
Cell division is a tightly regulated periodic process. In steady-state cultures of Enterobacteriaceae, division takes place at a well defined cell mass and is strictly coordinated with DNA replication. In wild-type Escherichia coli the formation of cells lacking DNA is very rare, and interruptions of DNA replication arrest cell division. The molecular bases(More)
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