Structure of the RBD-PRDI fragment of the antiterminator protein GlcT

Department of NMR-based Structural Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany.
Acta Crystallographica Section F Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications (Impact Factor: 0.53). 07/2012; 68(Pt 7):751-6. DOI: 10.1107/S1744309112020635
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GlcT is a transcriptional antiterminator protein that is involved in regulation of glucose metabolism in Bacillus subtilis. Antiterminator proteins bind specific RNA sequences, thus preventing the formation of overlapping terminator stem-loops. The structure of a fragment (residues 3-170) comprising the RNA-binding domain (RBD) and the first regulatory domain (PRDI) of GlcT was solved at 2.0 Å resolution with one molecule in the asymmetric unit. The two domains are connected by a helical linker. Their interface is mostly constituted by hydrophobic interactions.

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