A role for TBP dimerization in preventing unregulated gene expression.

Abstract

The recruitment of the TATA box-binding protein (TBP) to promoters in vivo is often rate limiting in gene expression. We present evidence that TBP negatively autoregulates its accessibility to promoter DNA in yeast through dimerization. The crystal structure of TBP dimers was used to design point mutations in the dimer interface. These mutants are impaired… (More)

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