Complementary electrostatic interactions between negatively charged B-DNA and a positively charged array on the λ Cro repressor protein are shown to substantially contribute to the formation energy of sequence-specific and nonspecific Cro-DNA complexes. The electrostatic interactions favor Cro binding to a bent form of DNA, a geometry which optimizes hydrogen-bonding contacts between Cro and exposed base pair groups in the DNA major groove.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1985|