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Nat Struct Biol. 1994 Sep;1(9):638-53.

1.9 A resolution refined structure of TBP recognizing the minor groove of TATAAAAG.

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Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rockefeller University, New York, NY 10021, USA.


The three-dimensional structure of a TATA box-binding protein (TBP) from Arabidopsis thaliana complexed with a fourteen base pair oligonucleotide bearing the Adenovirus major late promoter TATA element has been refined at 1.9 A resolution, giving a final crystallographic R-factor of 19.4%. Binding of the monomeric, saddle-shaped alpha/beta protein induces an unprecedented conformational change in the DNA. A detailed structural and functional analysis of this unusual protein-DNA complex is presented, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of DNA deformation, TATA element recognition, and preinitiation complex assembly.

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