PMID: 1369075Nov 1, 1992

Purification and characterization of a DNA-dependent RNA polymerase from Pseudomonas putida

Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
M Fujita, A Amemura


DNA-dependent RNA polymerase (EC was purified from Pseudomonas putida. The enzyme had the typical composition of beta',beta,alpha, and sigma subunits of eubacterial RNA polymerases. The molecular masses of the subunits were 156,000 Da, 151,000 Da, 87,000 Da, and 42,000 Da, respectively, as measured by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate. The NH2-terminal amino acid residues of the alpha subunit had a marked homology with those of the alpha subunit of Escherichia coli RNA polymerase. The enzyme activity was dependent on ribonucleoside triphosphates, Mg2+, and a DNA template, and was inhibited in vitro by rifampicin. The enzyme activity was maximal in the presence of 10 mM MgCl2. In an in vitro transcription assay using the tac promoter-controlled DNA as a template, the RNA polymerase of P. putida initiated transcription at the same site as that of E. coli.


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