The region preceding the beta-lactamase promoter of Escherichia coli plasmid pUC19 has a DNA curvature (curved DNA or bent DNA). Studies using mutant plasmids showed that the curved DNA structure is required for efficient transcription of the beta-lactamase gene and suggested that the requisite shape is a small part of a right-handed coil. Based on these results, the possible functional significance of DNA curvature in transcription will be discussed.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Nucleic acids symposium series|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
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