Photochemical modification of lac repressor--III. Mutant I12X86 versus wild-type repressor.


Photodestruction of the two tryptophan (TRP) residues of the core of the wild-type Escherichia coli lac repressor has already been used as a probe in the study of interactions of the repressor with DNA and effectors. The good correlation between phenomena occurring in the core (photodestruction of TRP residues, effectors binding) and at the headpieces (DNA specific and non-specific binding) can be understood in terms of allosteric behavior of the protein. In the present study, the same approach is applied to a repressor with peculiar binding properties, the I12X86 mutant. The photodestruction of TRP residues of this tight binding repressor, bearing two different amino acids as compared to the wild-type one (Ser 61----Leu, Pro 3----Tyr) indicates a probably subtle (since not detected by classical spectroscopic methods) difference of structure of the entire protein and confirms the similarity between specific and non-specific binding of this mutant repressor to DNA, observed by other methods.

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@article{SpodheimMaurizot1990PhotochemicalMO, title={Photochemical modification of lac repressor--III. Mutant I12X86 versus wild-type repressor.}, author={M Spodheim-Maurizot and Françoise Culard and P Gr{\'e}bert and Jean Claude Maurizot and Michel Charlier}, journal={Photochemistry and photobiology}, year={1990}, volume={52 4}, pages={757-60} }