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Nucleic Acids Res. Oct 15, 1996; 24(20): 4029–4033.
PMCID: PMC146212
Evidence for a HeLa nuclear protein that binds specifically to the single-stranded d(CCCTAA)n telomeric motif.
E Marsich, A Piccini, L E Xodo, and G Manzini
Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Trieste, Italy.
In recent years several telomere binding proteins from eukaryotic organisms have been identified that are able to recognise specifically the duplex telomeric DNA repeat or the G-rich 3'-ending single strand. In this paper we present experimental evidence that HeLa nuclear extracts contain a protein that binds with high specificity to the single-stranded complementary d(CCCTAA)n repeat. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays show that the oligonucleotide d(CCCTAACCCTAACCCTAACCCT) forms a stable complex with this protein in the presence of up to 1000-fold excesses of single-stranded DNA and RNA competitors, but is prevented from doing so in the presence of its complementary strand. SDS-PAGE experiments after UV cross-linking of the complex provide an estimate of 50 kDa for the molecular weight of this protein.
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