Perfect palindromic lac operator DNA sequence exists as a stable cruciform structure in supercoiled DNA in vitro but not in vivo.

Abstract

A perfect palindromic 66-base pair (bp) DNA sequence derived from the lac operator and cloned into plasmid pMB9 [Betz, J. L. & Sadler, J. R. (1981) Gene 13, 1-12] can exist in a 66-bp linear form or as two 33-bp cruciform arms. The fraction of the sequence in the cruciform depends on the superhelical density of the plasmid DNA. Relaxed DNA contains no… (More)

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