Zinc is associated with the beta subunit of DNA-dependent RNA polymerase of Bacillus subtilis.


The Bacillus subtilis DNA-dependent RNA polymerase holoenzyme and core enzyme each contain approximately two atoms of zinc per molecule. When the dissociated subunits of the enzyme are passed through a blue dextran-Sepharose affinity column, only the beta subunit binds to the column. The total zinc content of the enzyme is tightly bound to the beta subunit… (More)