Biochemistry 2021 Jun 21;60(23):1836-1852. Epub 2021 May 21.
Centre for Protein Science, Design and Engineering (CPSDE), Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, Knowledge City, Sector-81, SAS Nagar, Punjab 140306, India.
HU is a bacterial nucleoid-associated protein. Two homologues, known as HU-A, and HU-B, are found in within which the early, late, and stationary phases of growth are dominated by HU-AA, HU-BB, and HU-AB dimers, respectively. Here, using genetic manipulation, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrophoretic examination of glutaraldehyde-mediated cross-linking of subunits, in combination with experiments involving mixing, co-expression, unfolding, and refolding of HU chains, we show that the spontaneous formation of HU-AB heterodimers that is reported to occur upon mixing of wild-type HU-AA and HU-BB homodimers does not occur if chains possess N-terminal extensions. Read More