Single-stranded DNA binding protein from bacteriophage cf: Characterization, gene localization and protein-ssDNA complex

Wen Ping Chen, Ching Ming Cheng, Andrew H.J. Wang, Tsong Teh Kuo

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The single-stranded DNA binding protein from the filamentous bacteriophage cf has been purified and characterized. The first 12 amino acids, resulting from the N-terminal amino acid sequencing analysis of the protein, agree with an open reading frame (ORF) on the cf genome. The ORF contains 294 bp and codes for a 98 a.a. protein of molecular weight 10.8 kDa, consistent with the result from the denaturing protein gel analysis. The protein appears to be a homodimer as evident from the apparent molecular weight of about 22 kDa obtained from native protein gel analysis. The gene location of the protein has been identified as gene V of the cf single stranded genome, same as that from the M13 phage. The GVP of cf shows a strong sequence homology to the ssDNA binding proteins of Ff, IKe and Pf3 filamentous phages. The DNA binding wing of GVP, conserved among the filamentous phages, has been predicted for cf. To further characterize the protein, the GVP-ssDNA complex of cf has been purified from the infected host (Xanthomonas campestris pv. citri) by density gradient centrifugation. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of the complex showed that it is about 1200 nm in length and 9 nm in diameter and it has a highly regular morphology with a central groove shadow running along the entire structure, but without any apparent helical pattern seen in the M13 complex. The GVP-ssDNA complex of cf seems more rigid than that of M13. Our computer modeling study suggested that this difference between the two complexes may be due to the additional 11 or 12 amino acids at the C-terminal end of the cf-GVP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages9
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Gene Structure and Expression
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Bacteriophage bf
  • DNA
  • Gene localization
  • Protein-ssDNA complex
  • Single-stranded

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics


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