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Interaction of regulatory DNA binding proteins with their target sites is usually preceded by binding to nonspecific DNA. This speeds up the search for the target site by several orders of magnitude. We report the solution structure and dynamics of the complex of a dimeric lac repressor DNA binding domain with nonspecific DNA. The same set of residues can(More)
We have investigated the molecular determinants responsible for alpha-bungarotoxin (alphaBgtx) binding to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors through chimeric analysis of two homologous alpha subunits, one highly sensitive to alphaBgtx block (alpha1) and the other, alphaBgtx-insensitive (alpha3). By replacing rat alpha3 residues 184-191 with the corresponding(More)
A snake venom-derived alpha-neurotoxin, alpha-bungarotoxin (alphaBgtx), is the classic competitive antagonist of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The very high specificity and essentially irreversible binding of alphaBgtx to various nAChRs make alphaBgtx the prime candidate for studying the molecular determinants of specificity for nAChR-ligand(More)
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