Structural and functional analyses of the repressor, RbsR, of the ribose operon of Escherichia coli

Protein Sci. 1992 Jul;1(7):831-42. doi: 10.1002/pro.5560010701.


The DNA sequence encoding the rbs repressor protein, RbsR, has been determined. Amino acid sequence analyses of the product of an rbsR-lacZ fusion and of affinity-purified RbsR demonstrate that translation begins at an unusual codon, TTG, and that the initial amino acid is removed during maturation of the protein. DNA-binding assays indicate that RbsR binds to a region of perfect dyad symmetry spanning the rbs operon transcriptional start site and that the affinity for the rbs operator is reduced by addition of ribose, consistent with ribose being the inducer of the operon. RbsR is a member of a family of homologous repressor proteins having very similar DNA-binding sites and binding to similar operator sequences.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Bacterial Proteins*
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromatography, Affinity
  • DNA, Bacterial / chemistry
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • DNA, Bacterial / metabolism
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / isolation & purification
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Escherichia coli / genetics
  • Escherichia coli / metabolism*
  • Escherichia coli Proteins*
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation
  • Operon*
  • Plasmids
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / isolation & purification
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Repressor Proteins / genetics*
  • Repressor Proteins / isolation & purification
  • Repressor Proteins / metabolism
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Ribose / metabolism*
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Escherichia coli Proteins
  • RbsR protein, E coli
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Ribose

Associated data

  • PIR/A41828