Temperature-sensitive dnaJ mutants of Escherichia coli showed a thermosensitive defect in the synthesis of beta-galactosidase. Synthesis of the lac mRNA was greatly reduced at the restrictive temperature. The mutants were also conditionally defective in the synthesis of a subset of membrane proteins such as succinate dehydrogenase, whereas the synthesis of anthranilate synthetase, encoded by trpED, as well as that of most cellular proteins, was unaffected at the restrictive temperature. The defect was specific for the dnaJ mutants among several dna mutants which are known to be involved in the initiation of DNA synthesis: dnaK, dnaA, and dnaB mutants synthesized each of these proteins normally even at the restrictive temperature. At the restrictive temperature, growth of the dnaJ mutants was arrested at a specific stage of the cell cycle
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