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RNA-binding specificity of E. coli NusA

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Prasch, Stefan J. ; Jurk, Marcel ; Washburn, Robert S. ; Gottesman, Max E. ; Wöhrl, Birgitta M. ; Rösch, Paul:
RNA-binding specificity of E. coli NusA.
In: Nucleic Acids Research. Vol. 37 (2009) Issue 14 . - pp. 4736-4742.
ISSN 1362-4962
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkp452

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The RNA sequences boxA, boxB and boxC constitute the nut regions of phage λ. They nucleate the formation of a termination-resistantThe RNA sequences boxA, boxB and boxC constitute the nut regions of phage λ. They nucleate the formation of a termination-resistant RNA polymerase complex on the λ chromosome. The complex includes E. coli proteins NusA, NusB, NusG and NusE, and the λ N protein. A complex that includes the Nus proteins and other factors forms at the rrn leader. Whereas RNA-binding by NusB and NusE has been described in quantitative terms, the interaction of NusA with these RNA sequences is less defined. Isotropic as well as anisotropic fluorescence equilibrium titrations show that NusA binds only the nut spacer sequence between boxA and boxB. Thus, nutR boxA5-spacer, nutR boxA16-spacer and nutR boxA69-spacer retain NusA binding, whereas a spacer mutation eliminates complex formation. The affinity of NusA for nutL is 50% higher than for nutR. In contrast, rrn boxA, which includes an additional U residue, binds NusA in the absence of spacer. The Kd values obtained for rrn boxA and rrn boxA-spacer are 19-fold and 8-fold lower, respectively, than those for nutR boxA-spacer. These differences may explain why λ requires an additional protein, λ N, to suppress termination. Knowledge of the different affinities now describes the assembly of the anti-termination complex in quantitative terms. RNA polymerase complex on the λ chromosome. The complex includes E. coli proteins NusA, NusB, NusG and NusE, and the λ N protein. A complex that includes the Nus proteins and other factors forms at the rrn leader. Whereas RNA-binding by NusB and NusE has been described in quantitative terms, the interaction of NusA with these RNA sequences is less defined. Isotropic as well as anisotropic fluorescence equilibrium titrations show that NusA binds only the nut spacer sequence between boxA and boxB. Thus, nutR boxA5-spacer, nutR boxA16-spacer and nutR boxA69-spacer retain NusA binding, whereas a spacer mutation eliminates complex formation. The affinity of NusA for nutL is 50% higher than for nutR. In contrast, rrn boxA, which includes an additional U residue, binds NusA in the absence of spacer. The Kd values obtained for rrn boxA and rrn boxA-spacer are 19-fold and 8-fold lower, respectively, than those for nutR boxA-spacer. These differences may explain why λ requires an additional protein, λ N, to suppress termination. Knowledge of the different affinities now describes the assembly of the anti-termination complex in quantitative terms.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Chair Biopolymers
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Former Professors > Chair Biopolymers - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Paul Rösch
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Former Professors
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Chair Biopolymers > Lehrstuhl Biopolymere - Apl. Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wöhrl
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 540 Chemistry
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 09:56
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 13:00
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/5142