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Tuesday, 13 November, 2007

NC2 mobilizes TBP on core promoter TATA boxes

Peter Schluesche, Gertraud Stelzer, Elisa Piaia, Don C. Lamb, Michael Meisterernst -
Nature Structural and Molecular Biology; Advanced online publication: November 11th, 2007

The general transcription factors (GTFs) of eukaryotic RNA polymerase II, in a process facilitated by regulatory and accessory factors, target promoters through synergistic interactions with core elements. The specific binding of the TATA box–binding protein (TBP) to the TATA box has led to the assumption that GTFs recognize promoters directly, producing a preinitiation complex at a defined position. Using biochemical analysis as well as biophysical single-pair Förster resonance energy transfer, we now provide evidence that negative cofactor-2 (NC2) induces dynamic conformational changes in the TBP–DNA complex that allow it to escape and return to TATA-binding mode. This can lead to movement of TBP along the DNA away from TATA.

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