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Characterization of the non-specific DNA binding properties of the Adenoviral IVa2 protein

Characterization of the non-specific DNA binding properties of the Adenoviral IVa2 protein

Biophysical Chemistry 193-194: 1-8

Human Adenovirus (Ad) is a non-enveloped, icosahedral virus with a linear, double-stranded DNA genome. The Ad IVa2 protein is involved in multiple viral processes including viral late gene transcription and virus assembly. Previous studies have shown that IVa2 loads additional viral proteins onto conserved DNA elements within the Ad genome to regulate these viral processes. IVa2 also possesses strong non-specific DNA binding activity, and it is likely it uses this activity to recruit proteins to the conserved DNA elements. Here we have investigated the non-specific DNA binding activity of IVa2 using nitrocellulose/DEAE filter binding and sedimentation equilibrium techniques. We have analyzed our data using the McGhee and Von Hippel approach [1], and find that IVa2 binds with strong, positive nearest-neighbor cooperativity. In addition, we describe how to apply the McGhee and von Hippel approach to directly analyze sedimentation equilibrium data using non-linear least-squares methods. We discuss the implications of these results with respect to current virus assembly mechanisms.

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PMID: 25038409

DOI: 10.1016/j.bpc.2014.06.005

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