Send to

Choose Destination
FEBS Lett. 2012 Mar 23;586(6):734-9. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2012.01.045. Epub 2012 Jan 30.

Kaiso uses all three zinc fingers and adjacent sequence motifs for high affinity binding to sequence-specific and methyl-CpG DNA targets.

Author information

Department of Molecular Biology, The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.


Kaiso is a Cys(2)His(2) zinc finger (ZF) protein that mediates methyl-CpG-dependent and sequence-specific transcriptional repression. As a first step towards elucidating the structural and molecular basis for recognition of these disparate DNA sequences, the minimal binding region of Kaiso was identified and optimal DNA sequences for high-affinity interactions were characterized. Contrary to previous findings, Kaiso requires all three zinc fingers plus adjacent protein regions for DNA recognition. An N-terminal extension contributes to structural stability, while an extended C-terminal region augments DNA binding. Complexes formed between the optimized Kaiso construct and both DNA sequences are suitable for future structural evaluation.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center