In this study, we investigated the genetic organization and function of Escherichia coli yciT, a gene predicted by computational methods to belong to the DeoR-type family of transcriptional regulators. We show that transcription of yciT (here denoted deoT for deoR-Type) initiates from a promoter located upstream of a putative open reading frame (denoted deoL for deoT Leader). We also show that DeoT acts as a global regulator, repressing the expression of a number of genes involved in a variety of metabolic pathways including transport of maltose, fatty acid β-oxidation and peptide degradation.
- Global regulator
- Transcription control