Specific and nonspecific interactions of integration host factor with oligo DNAs as revealed by circular dichroism spectroscopy and filter binding assay

Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Futoshi Kanke, Ushiho Matsumoto, Heisaburo Shindo

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Binding specificity of integration host factor (IHF) to oligo DNAs has been studied by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and filter binding experiment. CD difference spectra of IHF-DNA complexes demonstrated that a conformational change in DNA was induced by binding of IHF when DNA had a consensus sequence for the binding sites of IHF, but that such conformational change was not observed for consensus DNA 20 mer as well as nonconsensus DNA 45 mer. Dissociation constants for IHF-DNA complexes determined by filter binding assay showed that IHF has indeed stronger affinity to DNA with the consensus binding site than to nonconsensus DNA, but the difference in its affinity between consensus and nonconsensus DNAs was rather small, 3.4-fold. It was, therefore, concluded that the flanking regions of the consensus sequence are important for the specific binding of IHF and that its binding specificity is well characterized by the induced conformational change in DNA rather than by dissociation constants for IHF-DNA complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-301
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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