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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1990 Aug 27;1050(1-3):302-6.

Potential binding sites of the trans-activator FIS are present upstream of all rRNA operons and of many but not all tRNA operons.

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Department of Biochemistry, Leiden University, Gorleaus Laboratories, The Netherlands.


FIS, the Escherichia coli protein that stimulates the inversion of various DNA segments by binding to a recombinational enhancer, trans-activates a number of stable RNA operons and binds to the upstream activator sequence (UAS) of these operons (Nilsson et al. (1990) EMBO J. 9, 727). In a search for potential FIS-binding sites we have compared UASs of other stable RNA operons with a consensus FIS-binding sequence, compiled by comparing recombinational enhancers. Such sites can thus be recognized upstream of all rRNA and 13 tRNA operons. Matching with the consensus sequence varied, suggesting that the affinity of FIS for the sites differed. Accordingly, FIS binding to an upstream sequence of the metY(nusA) operon was found to be weaker than that to the UAS of the thrU(tufB) operon. No FIS binding sites were found upstream three tRNA operons.

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