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Mol Microbiol. 1993 Nov;10(4):771-9.

Protein-nucleoside contacts in the interaction between the replication terminator protein of Bacillus subtilis and the DNA terminator.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


The interaction between the DNA replication terminator, IRI, of Bacillus subtilis and its cognate replication terminator protein (RTP) has been examined by the technique of missing nucleoside interference (MNI). IRI contains two adjacent binding sites (A and B) for RTP dimers. The B site is proximal to the replication fork arrest site. The present results have shown that nucleoside contacts with RTP in the two sites are very different. There are more extensive contacts of nucleosides in both strands of the B site with RTP compared with the A site. The data also strongly suggest that filling by RTP of the B site occurs first and is needed for subsequent co-operative filling of an overlapping A site. The A site alone binds RTP poorly. The findings are consistent with interaction occurring between RTP dimers bound to adjacent sites of IRI, which would explain why RTP bound to the B site alone cannot cause replication fork arrest.

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