Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11(12), 5129-5142; doi:10.3390/ijms11125129
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Molecular Interactions and Protein-Induced DNA Hairpin in the Transcriptional Control of Bacteriophage Ø29 DNA

Institute Eladio Viñuela (CSIC), Center of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa (CSIC-UAM), Madrid Autonomous University, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 8 October 2010; in revised form: 22 November 2010 / Accepted: 7 December 2010 / Published: 13 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Molecular Recognition)
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Abstract: Studies on the regulation of phage Ø29 gene expression revealed a new mechanism to accomplish simultaneous activation and repression of transcription leading to orderly gene expression. Two phage-encoded early proteins, p4 and p6, bind synergistically to DNA, modifying the topology of the sequences encompassing early promoters A2c and A2b and late promoter A3 in a hairpin that allows the switch from early to late transcription. Protein p6 is a nucleoid-like protein that binds DNA in a non-sequence specific manner. Protein p4 is a sequence-specific DNA binding protein with multifaceted sequence-readout properties. The protein recognizes the chemical signature of only one DNA base on the inverted repeat of its target sequence through a direct-readout mechanism. In addition, p4 specific binding depends on the recognition of three A-tracts by indirect-readout mechanisms. The biological importance of those three A-tracts resides in their individual properties rather than in the global curvature that they may induce.
Keywords: transcription regulator; nucleoprotein complex; protein-DNA recognition; direct-indirect-readout; protein-induced DNA hairpin; A-track; minor groove malleability; arginine in minor groove

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Camacho, A.; Salas, M. Molecular Interactions and Protein-Induced DNA Hairpin in the Transcriptional Control of Bacteriophage Ø29 DNA. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11, 5129-5142.

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Camacho A, Salas M. Molecular Interactions and Protein-Induced DNA Hairpin in the Transcriptional Control of Bacteriophage Ø29 DNA. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2010; 11(12):5129-5142.

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Camacho, Ana; Salas, Margarita. 2010. "Molecular Interactions and Protein-Induced DNA Hairpin in the Transcriptional Control of Bacteriophage Ø29 DNA." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 11, no. 12: 5129-5142.

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