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Tang L , Li J , Katz DS , Feng JA
Determining the DNA bending angle induced by non-specific high mobility group-1 (HMG-1) proteins: a novel method
Biochemistry. 2000 Mar 21;39(11) :3052-60
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To study the DNA bending induced by non-sequence-specific HMG-1 domain proteins, we have engineered a fusion protein linking the yeast NHP6A with a sequence-specific DNA binding domain, the DNA binding domain of the Hin recombinase, Hin-DBD. A series of biochemical experiments were carried out to characterize the DNA binding property of this fusion protein. Our data showed that the fusion protein not only specifically recognizes a DNA fragment containing the Hin-DBD binding site, but also binds DNA with a higher affinity in comparison with either domain alone. Both domains of the fusion protein are bound to the DNA in juxtaposition. Permutation assays showed that the fusion protein induced a DNA bending at the site of NHP6A binding by an estimated value of 63 degrees. We believe that this experimental design provides an effective vehicle to determine the DNA bending induced by nonspecific HMG-1 proteins.
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