Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Determining physical constraints in transcriptional initiation complexes using DNA sequence
- Author(s): Shultzaberger, Ryan K.
- Chiang, Derek Y.
- Moses, Alan M.
- Eisen, Michael B.
- et al.
Eukaryotic gene expression is often under the control of cooperatively acting transcription factors whose binding is limited by structural constraints. By determining these structural constraints, we can understand the "rules" that define functional cooperativity. Conversely, by understanding the rules of binding, we can infer structural characteristics. We have developed an information theory based method for approximating the physical limitations of cooperative interactions by comparing sequence analysis to microarray expression data. When applied to the coordinated binding of the sulfur amino acid regulatory protein Met4 by Cbf1 and Met31, we were able to create a combinatorial model that can correctly identify Met4 regulated genes.