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J Fluoresc. 2008 Jan;18(1):1-10. Epub 2007 Dec 1.

Equilibrium analysis of the DNA binding domain of the ultraspiracle protein interaction with the response element from the hsp27 gene promoter--the application of molecular beacon technology.

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Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wrocław, Poland.


Ecdysteroids initiate molting and metamorphosis in insects via a receptor which belongs to the superfamily of nuclear receptors. The ecdysone receptor consists of two proteins: the ecdysone receptor (EcR) and the ultraspiracle (Usp). The EcR-Usp dimer conducts transcription through a hsp27(pal) response element. Usp acts as an anchor orienting the whole complex on the DNA. The molecular beacon methodology was applied to detect the sequence-specific DNA of a natural hsp27 (pal) or mutated protein interaction with the DNA binding domain from the Usp. The dissociation constant, K(d), of the UspDBD-hsp27 (pal) complex was determined to be 1.42+/-0.48 nM, whereas K(d) for UspDBD(DeltaA)-hsp27(pal) was 6.6+/-0.5 nM. Mutation of Val-71 for Ala blocks formation of the protein-DNA complex in contrast to Glu-19 mutation for Ala for which K(d)=4.31+/-1.01 nM. The results obtained with the molecular beacon technology are related to those obtained by fluorescence anisotropy titrations.

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