Levels of epsilon, an essential replication subunit of Escherichia coli DNA polymerase III, are controlled by heat shock proteins.

Abstract

In Escherichia coli, epsilon, the proofreading subunit of DNA polymerase III, is encoded by dnaQ. A random search for mutants that affect the expression of dnaQ revealed that mutations in the genes encoding the heat shock proteins (HSPs) DnaK, DnaJ, and GrpE result in dramatic decreases in the cellular levels of epsilon. dnaQ is arranged in an overlapping… (More)

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