Author(s): Li J, Mason SW, Greenblatt J
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Abstract NusG is a transcriptional elongation factor in Escherichia coli that aids transcriptional antitermination by the phage lambda N protein. By using NusG affinity chromatography, we found that NusG binds directly and selectively to termination factor rho. NusG was shown previously to be needed for termination by rho in vivo, and we show here that NusG increases the efficiency of termination by rho at promoter-proximal sites in vitro. The rho026 mutation makes termination by rho less dependent on NusG. It also makes antitermination by N at rho-dependent terminators and the binding of rho to NusG temperature sensitive. Therefore, the interaction of NusG with rho is important both for rho-dependent termination and for antitermination by N at rho-dependent terminators.
This article was published in Genes Dev
and referenced in Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology