The sequence elements determining the binding of the sigma(54)-containing RNA polymerase (sigma(54)-RNAP) to the Pu promoter of Pseudomonas putida have been examined. Contrary to previous results in related systems, we show that the integration host factor (MF) binding stimulates the recruitment of the enzyme to the -12/-24 sequence motifs. Such a recruitment, which is fully independent of the activator of the system, XylR, requires the interaction of the C-terminal domain of the a subunit of RNAP with specific DNA sequences upstream of the IHF site which are reminiscent of the UP elements in sigma(70) promoters. Our data show that this interaction is mainly brought about by the distinct geometry of the promoter region caused by IHF binding and the ensuing DNA bending. These results support the view that binding of sigma(54)-RNAP to a promoter is a step that can be subjected to regulation by factors (e.g. IHF) other than the sole intrinsic affinity of sigma(54)-RNAP for the -12/-24 site.

Active recruitment of sigma(54) RNA polymerase to the Pu promoter of Pseudomonas putida: role of IHF and alpha CTD / G. Bertoni, N. Fujita, A. Ishihama, V. de Lorenzo. - In: EMBO JOURNAL. - ISSN 0261-4189. - 17:17(1998 Sep 01), pp. 5120-5128. [10.1093/emboj/17.17.5120]

Active recruitment of sigma(54) RNA polymerase to the Pu promoter of Pseudomonas putida: role of IHF and alpha CTD

G. Bertoni
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1998

Abstract

The sequence elements determining the binding of the sigma(54)-containing RNA polymerase (sigma(54)-RNAP) to the Pu promoter of Pseudomonas putida have been examined. Contrary to previous results in related systems, we show that the integration host factor (MF) binding stimulates the recruitment of the enzyme to the -12/-24 sequence motifs. Such a recruitment, which is fully independent of the activator of the system, XylR, requires the interaction of the C-terminal domain of the a subunit of RNAP with specific DNA sequences upstream of the IHF site which are reminiscent of the UP elements in sigma(70) promoters. Our data show that this interaction is mainly brought about by the distinct geometry of the promoter region caused by IHF binding and the ensuing DNA bending. These results support the view that binding of sigma(54)-RNAP to a promoter is a step that can be subjected to regulation by factors (e.g. IHF) other than the sole intrinsic affinity of sigma(54)-RNAP for the -12/-24 site.
alpha CTD; IHF; NtrC family; Pseudomonas; sigma(54); TOL; XylR
Settore BIO/19 - Microbiologia Generale
1-set-1998
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