Nucleotide-dependent conformational changes in the σ 54-dependent activator DctD

Ying Kai Wang, Sungdae Park, B. Tracy Nixon, Timothy R. Hoover

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Activators of σ54-RNA polymerase holoenzyme couple ATP hydrolysis to formation of an open promoter complex. DctDΔ 1-142, a truncated and constitutively active form of the σ 54-dependent activator DctD from Sinorhizobium meliloti, displayed an altered DNase I footprint at its binding site located upstream of the dctA promoter in the presence of ATP. The altered footprint was not observed for a mutant protein with a substitution at or near the putative arginine finger, a conserved arginine residue thought to contact the nucleotide. These data suggest that structural changes in DctDΔ1-142 during ATP hydrolysis can be detected by alterations in the DNase I footprint of the protein and may be communicated by interactions between bound nucleotide and the arginine finger. In addition, kinetic data for changes in fluorescence energy transfer upon binding of 2′(3′)-O-(N-methylanthraniloyl)-ATP (Mant-ATP) to DctDΔ1-142 and DctD suggested that these proteins undergo multiple conformational changes following ATP binding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6215-6219
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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