Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 12804772
FEBS Lett. 2003 Jun 19;545(2-3):183-7.
The DNA-binding activity of the Shigella flexneri VirB transcription factor was studied in vitro. The protein was found to bind non-specifically to DNA, but showed preferential binding to VirB-dependent promoter sequences. DNA binding was contingent on the presence of an intact helix-turn-helix motif. While high molecular mass protein-DNA complexes were formed in both specific and non-specific interactions with DNA, mutant derivatives of VirB lacking a leucine zipper domain or a carboxyl-terminal-located oligomerisation domain formed discrete complexes, indicating that an ability to oligomerise on DNA was responsible for the formation of high molecular mass complexes by the wild-type protein.