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FEBS Lett. 1994 Oct 31;354(1):89-92.

DNA binding activity of NtrC from Rhizobium grown on different nitrogen sources.

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International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, CNR, Naples, Italy.


The DNA-binding activity of the NtrC protein can be demonstrated in gel retardation assays with concentrated protein extracts of Rhizobium etli. Using extracts from either the wild type or a ntrC mutant strain and an antiserum raised against the NtrC protein, we demonstrate specific binding of NtrC to the upstream regulatory region of the glnII gene, where two putative NtrC-binding sites are present. KNO3-grown bacteria contain less NtrC protein and more NtrC-binding activity than NH4Cl-grown bacteria, thus showing that with this protocol it is possible to detect changes in NtrC-binding activity. The advantages of this assay system in comparison with that using pure proteins is discussed.

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