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flexprom: Anatomy of Escherichia coli sigma70 promoters

Figure 1.  Sequence logos of sigma 70 binding components. Figure 5 of flexprom.  Fur represses transcriptional
initiation of tonB.
@article{Shultzaberger.Schneider-flexprom2007,
author = "R. K. Shultzaberger
 and Zehua Chen
 and Karen A. Lewis
 and T. D. Schneider",
title = "{Anatomy of \emph{Escherichia coli} $\sigma^{70}$ promoters}",
journal = "Nucleic Acids Res.",
volume = "35",
pages = "771--788",
pmid = "17189297",
pmcid = "PMC1807945",
note = "\htmladdnormallink
{http://alum.mit.edu/www/toms/papers/f{l}exprom/}
{http://alum.mit.edu/www/toms/papers/f{l}exprom/}",
year = "2007"}


Confirmation of Base Flipping in Transcriptional Initiation
Predicted by Information Theory!

In this paper we predicted that base +4 (conventional base number -7) flips out of the DNA to initiate transcription. This was confirmed by two papers:

@article{Feklistov.Darst2011,
author = "A. Feklistov
 and S. A. Darst",
title = "{Structural basis for promoter -10 element recognition by
the bacterial RNA polymerase sigma subunit}",
journal = "Cell",
volume = "147",
pages = "1257--1269",
pmid = "22136875",
pmcid = "PMC3245737",
year = "2011"}
(see Figure 1)

@article{Zhang.Ebright2012,
author = "Y. Zhang
 and Y. Feng
 and S. Chatterjee
 and S. Tuske
 and M. X. Ho
 and E. Arnold
 and R. H. Ebright",
title = "{Structural basis of transcription initiation}",
journal = "Science",
volume = "338",
pages = "1076--1080",
pmid = "23086998",
year = "2012"}
(see reference 11)
See also:
@article{Liu.Kornberg2011,
author = "X. Liu
 and D. A. Bushnell
 and R. D. Kornberg",
title = "{Lock and key to transcription: sigma-DNA interaction}",
journal = "Cell",
volume = "147",
pages = "1218--1219",
pmid = "22153066",
year = "2011"}


Start coordinates for sigma70 in E. coli accession U00096:
sigma70_start_coords.txt

Components for the sigma70 model

prom.eps is the original Figure 1 of the paper.

Logo for the sigma70 model with conventional numbering.


We used this structure given by Campbell.Darst2002 to determine how the sigma 70 -35 binds to DNA.

@article{Campbell.Darst2002,
author = "E. A. Campbell
and O. Muzzin
and M. Chlenov
and J. L. Sun
and C. A. Olson
and O. Weinman
and M. L. Trester-Zedlitz
and S. A. Darst",
title = "{Structure of the bacterial RNA polymerase promoter
specificity $\sigma$ subunit}",
journal = "Mol Cell",
volume = "9",
pages = "527--539",
pmid = "11931761",
year = "2002"}

These files show how the 4.2 part of the sigma protein binds into the -35 region of a promoter. Run them as:

rasmolscript 1KU7.pdb -script 1KU7.ras
rasmolscript 1KU7-nowater.pdb -script 1KU7-nowater.ras


Other pointers:

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