Structure of the effector‐binding domain of the arabinose repressor AraR from Bacillus subtilis

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In Bacillus subtilis, the arabinose repressor AraR negatively controls the expression of genes in the metabolic pathway of arabinose‐containing polysaccharides. The protein is composed of two domains of different phylogenetic origin and function: an N‐terminal DNA‐binding domain belonging to the GntR family and a C‐terminal effector‐binding domain that shows similarity to members of the GalR/LacI family. The crystal structure of the C‐terminal effector‐binding domain of AraR in complex with the effector l‐arabinose has been determined at 2.2 Å resolution. The l‐arabinose binding affinity was characterized by isothermal titration calorimetry and differential scanning fluorimetry; the K d value was 8.4 ± 0.4 µM. The effect of l‐arabinose on the protein oligomeric state was investigated in solution and detailed analysis of the crystal identified a dimer organization which is distinctive from that of other members of the GalR/LacI family.

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Publication date: February 1, 2012



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