A peptide from Tetrahymena disrupts subunit organization of E. coli RNA polymerase.


Incubation of the E. coli RNA polymerase with a polypeptide factor from the protozoan Tetrahymena reduces the affinity of the holoenzyme for DNA. SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the peptide-treated RNA polymerase showed that the band pattern of the polymerase subunits was strongly altered. The three large subunits, beta', beta and sigma, disappear… (More)


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