Ekaterine Kortkhonjia

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We have used systematic fluorescence resonance energy transfer and distance-constrained docking to define the three-dimensional structures of bacterial RNA polymerase holoenzyme and the bacterial RNA polymerase-promoter open complex in solution. The structures provide a framework for understanding sigma(70)-(RNA polymerase core), sigma(70)-DNA, and(More)
Using fluorescence resonance energy transfer to monitor distances within single molecules of abortively initiating transcription initiation complexes, we show that initial transcription proceeds through a "scrunching" mechanism, in which RNA polymerase (RNAP) remains fixed on promoter DNA and pulls downstream DNA into itself and past its active center. We(More)
Using fluorescence resonance energy transfer, we show that, in the majority of transcription complexes, sigma(70) is not released from RNA polymerase upon transition from initiation to elongation, but, instead, remains associated with RNA polymerase and translocates with RNA polymerase. The results argue against the presumption that there are necessary(More)
We report a single-molecule assay that defines, simultaneously, the translocational position of a protein complex relative to DNA and the subunit stoichiometry of the complex. We applied the assay to define translocational positions and sigma70 contents of bacterial transcription elongation complexes in vitro. The results confirm ensemble results indicating(More)
Using single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer, we have defined bacterial RNA polymerase (RNAP) clamp conformation at each step in transcription initiation and elongation. We find that the clamp predominantly is open in free RNAP and early intermediates in transcription initiation but closes upon formation of a catalytically competent(More)
The solution dynamics of antibodies are critical to antibody function. We explore the internal solution dynamics of antibody molecules through the combination of time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy experiments on IgG1 with more than two microseconds of all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in explicit water, an order of magnitude more than in(More)
We show that the extent of stable DNA wrapping by Escherichia coli RNA polymerase (RNAP) in the RNAP-promoter open complex depends on the sequence of the promoter and, in particular, on the sequence of the upstream region of the promoter. We further show that the extent of stable DNA wrapping depends on the presence of the RNAP alpha-subunit(More)
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