Competition between sigma factors for core RNA polymerase.

The switch of RNA polymerase specificity from early to late promoters of bacteriophage T4 is achieved by substitution of host sigma factor, sigma 70, with the T4 induced factor, sigma gp55. However, overproduction of sigma gp55 from an expression vector is not detrimental to Escherichia coli growth. Direct competition binding assays demonstrate that sigma… CONTINUE READING