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Science. 1984 Sep 14;225(4667):1122-7.

Echinomycin binding sites on DNA.

Abstract

The preferred binding sites of echinomycin on DNA can be determined by a method called "footprinting." A 32P end-labeled restriction fragment from pBR322 DNA is protected by binding to echinomycin, and cleaved by a synthetic DNA cleaving reagent, methidiumpropyl--EDTA . Fe(II); the DNA cleavage products are then subjected to high-resolution gel analyses. This method reveals that echinomycin has a binding site size of four base pairs. The strong binding sites for echinomycin contain the central two-base-pair sequence 5'-CG-3'. From an analysis of 15 echinomycin sites on 210 base pairs of DNA, key recognition elements for echinomycin are contained in the sequences (5'-3') ACGT and TCGT (A, adenine; C, cytosine; G, guanine; T, thymine).

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