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Structural and Biophysical Studies on Two Promoter Recognition Domains of the Extra-cytoplasmic Function \sigma Factor $\sigma ^C$ from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Thakur, Krishan Gopal and Joshi, Anagha Madhusudan and Gopal, B (2006) Structural and Biophysical Studies on Two Promoter Recognition Domains of the Extra-cytoplasmic Function \sigma Factor $\sigma ^C$ from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, 282 (7). pp. 4711-4718.

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σ factors are transcriptional regulatory proteins that bind to the RNA polymerase and dictate gene expression. The extracytoplasmic function (ECF) σ factors govern the environment dependent regulation of transcription. ECF σ factors have two domains σ2 and σ4 that recognize the -10 and -35 promoter elements. However, unlike the primary σ factor σA, the ECF σ factors lack σ3, a region that helps in the recognition of the extended -10 element and σ1.1, a domain involved in the autoinhibition of σA in the absence of core RNA polymerase. Mycobacterium tuberculosis σC is an ECF σ factor that is essential for the pathogenesis and virulence of M. tuberculosis in the mouse and guinea pig models of infection. However, unlike other ECF σ factors, σC does not appear to have a regulatory anti-σ factor located in the same operon. We also note that M. tuberculosis σC differs from the canonical ECF σ factors as it has an N-terminal domain comprising of 126 amino acids that precedes the σC2 and σC4 domains. In an effort to understand the regulatory mechanism of this protein, the crystal structures of the σC2 and σC4 domains of σC were determined. These promoter recognition domains are structurally similar to the corresponding domains of σA despite the low sequence similarity. Fluorescence experiments using the intrinsic tryptophan residues of σC2 as well as surface plasmon resonance measurements reveal that the σC2 and σC4 domains interact with each other. Mutational analysis suggests that the Pribnow box-binding region of σC2 is involved in this interdomain interaction. Interaction between the promoter recognition domains in M. tuberculosis σC are thus likely to regulate the activity of this protein even in the absence of an anti-σ factor.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Depositing User: Satish MV
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2012 07:14
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/10615

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