Structural studies of Ets-1/Pax5 complex formation on DNA

Colin W. Garvie, James Hagman, Cynthia Wolberger

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Pax5 regulates the B cell-specific expression of the mb-1 gene together with members of the Ets family of transcriptional activators. The Ets proteins on their own bind poorly to the Pax5/Ets binding site, but can be recruited to the site by cooperative interactions with Pax5. The structure of the ETS domain of Ets-1 and the paired domain of Pax5 bound to DNA reveals the molecular details of the selective recruitment of different Ets proteins by Pax5. Comparison with structures of Ets-1 alone bound to both high- and low-affinity DNA sites reveals that Pax5 alters the Ets-1 contacts with DNA. The ability of one protein to alter the DNA sequence-specific contacts of another provides a general mechanism for combinatorial regulation of transcription.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1276
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular cell
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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