Structural basis of hypoxic gene regulation by the Rv0081 transcription factor of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Ashwani Kumar, Swastik Phulera, Arshad Rizvi, Parshuram J. Sonawane, Hemendra S. Panwar, Sharmistha Banerjee, Arvind Sahu, Shekhar C. Mande

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The transcription factor Rv0081 of Mycobacterium tuberculosis controls hypoxic gene expression and acts as a regulatory hub in the latent phase of tuberculosis (TB) infection. We report here the crystal structure of Rv0081 at 2.9 Å resolution revealing that it belongs to the well-known ArsR/SmtB family proteins. However, unlike other members in this family, Rv0081 has neither a metal-binding domain nor does it possess Cys residues, suggesting an alternate mechanism of gene regulation. Our structural and biochemical analyses suggest the molecular basis for the recognition of self-regulatory DNA sequences and a plausible mechanism of regulation of Rv0081 in the latent phase of TB infection. Database: Structural data are available in the Protein Data Bank under the accession number – 6JMI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)982-995
Number of pages14
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • ArsR/SmtB family
  • FHL regulator
  • Rv0081
  • hypoxia protein
  • phosphoserine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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