LuxR-type DNA-binding HTH domain
|Bacterial regulatory proteins, luxR family|
solution structure of the dna-binding domain of the erwinia amylovora rcsb protein
In molecular biology, the LuxR-type DNA-binding HTH domain is a DNA-binding, helix-turn-helix (HTH) domain of about 65 amino acids. It is present in transcription regulators of the LuxR/FixJ family of response regulators. The domain is named after Vibrio fischeri luxR, a transcriptional activator for quorum-sensing control of luminescence. LuxR-type HTH domain proteins occur in a variety of organisms. The DNA-binding HTH domain is usually located in the C-terminal region of the protein; the N-terminal region often containing an autoinducer-binding domain or a response regulatory domain. Most luxR-type regulators act as transcription activators, but some can be repressors or have a dual role for different sites. LuxR-type HTH regulators control a wide variety of activities in various biological processes.
The luxR-type, DNA-binding HTH domain forms a four-helical bundle structure. The HTH motif comprises the second and third helices, known as the scaffold and recognition helix, respectively. The HTH binds DNA in the major groove, where the N-terminal part of the recognition helix makes most of the DNA contacts. The fourth helix is involved in dimerisation of gerE and traR. Signalling events by one of the four activation mechanisms described below lead to multimerisation of the regulator. The regulators bind DNA as multimers.
LuxR-type HTH proteins can be activated by one of four different mechanisms:
1. Regulators which belong to a two-component sensory transduction system where the protein is activated by its phosphorylation, generally on an aspartate residue, by a transmembrane kinase. Some proteins that belong to this category are:
- Rhizobiaceae fixJ (global regulator inducing expression of nitrogen-fixation genes in microaerobiosis)
- Enterobacteria rcsB (regulation of exopolysaccharide biosynthesis in enteric and plant pathogenesis)
- Vibrio fischeri luxR (activates bioluminescence operon)
- E. carotovora expR (virulence factor for soft rot disease; activates plant tissue macerating enzyme genes)
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa rhlR (activates rhlAB operon and lasB gene)
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