Travis A. Witkowski

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The SOS response to DNA damage that induces up to 10% of the prokaryotic genome requires RecA action to relieve LexA transcriptional repression. In Acinetobacter species, which lack LexA, the error-prone polymerase accessory UmuDAb is instead required for ddrR induction after DNA damage, suggesting it might be a LexA analog. RNA-Seq experiments defined the(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of addition of L-glutamine to an IV nutritional solution on the urinary excretion of 3-methylhistidine (3-MeH) and the morphology of the musculature of the gut in rats. Two experiments were run. In experiment 1 glutamine was added to a mildly hypocaloric IV solution which contained no other amino acids.(More)
Genetically disabled lambda plac5 transducing phage derivatives were used to study the recB dependence of recombination during specialized transduction. The frequency of transduction was normalized to colony-forming units, and the end product of recombination was monitored by scoring for addition and substitution transductants. When a chromosomal lac gene(More)
In many bacteria, the DNA damage response induces genes (SOS genes) that were repressed by LexA. LexA represses transcription by binding to SOS promoters via a helix-turn-helix motif in its N-terminal domain (NTD). Upon DNA damage, LexA cleaves itself and allows induction of transcription. In Acinetobacter baumannii and Acinetobacter baylyi, multiple genes(More)
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