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Wild type human tumor suppressor protein p53 (expressed in insect cells) binds strongly to negatively supercoiled (sc) plasmid DNA at a native superhelix density, as evidenced by electrophoretic retardation of scDNA in agarose gels and imaging by scanning force microscopy (SFM). The binding occurs both in the presence and absence of the p53 consensus(More)
We have compared the binding of human full-length p53 protein (p53; expressed in bacteria and insects) and its isolated core domain (p53CD, amino acids 94-312; expressed in bacteria) to negatively supercoiled (sc) DNA using gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting. Significant differences were observed; p53CD produced a relatively small and continuous(More)
  • E Palecek
  • 1991
The DNA double helix exhibits local sequence-dependent polymorphism at the level of the single base pair and dinucleotide step. Curvature of the DNA molecule occurs in DNA regions with a specific type of nucleotide sequence periodicities. Negative supercoiling induces in vitro local nucleotide sequence-dependent DNA structures such as cruciforms,(More)
Recently we have shown that wild-type human p53 protein binds preferentially to supercoiled (sc) DNA in vitro in both the presence and absence of the p53 consensus sequence (p53CON). This binding produces a ladder of retarded bands on an agarose gel. Using immunoblotting with the antibody DO-1, we show that the bands obtained correspond to ethidium-stained(More)
The p53 tumour suppressor protein is one of the most important topics in cancer research. Its function is associated with the ability to bind DNA in a sequence-specific manner and to operate as a transcription factor. In the present study, we have developed a rapid and reliable method for analysing sequence-specific binding of p53 protein to DNA using a(More)
Local structure of the homopurine.homopyrimidine tract in a supercoiled plasmid pEJ4 was studied using chemical probes at single-nucleotide resolution. The conformation of the homopyrimidine strand was probed by osmium tetroxide, pyridine (Os,py) while that of the homopurine strand was tested by diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEPC), i.e. by probes reacting(More)
Properties of calf thymus DNA were investigated after treatment with the pesticides malathion (0,0-dimethyl-S-(1,2-bis ethoxycarbonyl ethyl)dithiophosphate) and DDVP (0,0-dimethyl-0-(2,2 dichlorovinyl)phosphate) in vitro by means of derivative (differential) pulse polarography (DPP), thermal denaturation curves recorded spectrophotometrically (Tm),(More)
The triplex structure in vitro is well established; however, no direct evidence has been available concerning its existence in the cell. Using the direct chemical probing here we show that the triplex H structure can exist in E. coli cells at acidic intracellular pH values; this structure differs in some details from that observed in vitro.
Riboflavin-binding protein (RBP, a carrier of riboflavin) plays an essential role in embryo development. Electrochemical studies of the riboflavin-RBP interactions have been so far limited to changes in polarographic and voltammetric responses of riboflavin because of lack of methods capable to detect electrochemical changes in the RBP responses. Here we(More)