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Zur DNA-binding transcriptional repressor

Synonyms: Zur-Zn2+, Zur
Zur, zinc uptake regulator, regulates genes involved in the Zn2+ ABC transporter uptake system and genes involved in the expression of alternative ribosomal proteins |CITS:[9680209][10816566][12904577]|.
The active conformation of Zur is observed when it is in a reduced form and when it is bound to Zn(II). The oxidized form of Zur does not bind to DNA or zinc. |CITS [9680209][10816566][11931550]|. Zur is not autoregulated |CITS:[11931550]|.
Zur, which belongs to the Fur family |CITS: [9680209]|, appears to have a DNA-binding site in the N-terminal domain, around residue 65, and a signal-recognition site in the C-terminal domain. This protein has two Zn(II)-binding sites: site A, which only binds to Zn(II), and site B (the sensor site), which binds to Zn(II) and Co(II) with high and low affinities, respectively |CITS:[11523983]|. Zur is able to form dimers, even in the absence of zinc |CITS: [10816566]|.
The 23-bp palindrome consensus sequence for Zur-binding sites of gamma-proteobacteria, including Escherichia coli, has been determined by computational analysis |CITS [12904577]|.
The thermodynamic profile of Zur-DNA interactions directly correlates with the physiological response at different promoters |CITS:[25369000]|.

Tyr45 and Arg65 interactions with Zur-box purines define the recognition motif |CITS:[25369000]|.

Transcription factor      
TF conformation(s):
Name Conformation Type TF-Effector Interaction Type Apo/Holo Conformation Evidence (Confirmed, Strong, Weak) References
Zur Non-Functional   Apo [BPP], [IPI] [1], [2]
Zur-Zn2+ Functional Allosteric Holo [BPP], [IPI] [1], [2]
Evolutionary Family: Fur
Connectivity class: Local Regulator
Gene name: zur
  Genome position: 4259488-4260003
  Length: 516 bp / 171 aa
Operon name: zur
TU(s) encoding the TF:
Transcription unit        Promoter

Regulated gene(s) ykgM, ykgO, zinT, znuA, znuB, znuC
Multifun term(s) of regulated gene(s) MultiFun Term (List of genes associated to the multifun term)
adaptations (2)
ABC superfamily, periplasmic binding component (1)
ABC superfamily, membrane component (1)
membrane (1)
heme, porphyrine (1)
Regulated operon(s) ykgMO, zinT, znuA, znuCB
First gene in the operon(s) ykgM, zinT, znuA, znuC
Simple and complex regulons Fur,SoxS,Zur
Simple and complex regulatory phrases Regulatory phrase (List of promoters regulated by the phrase)

Transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) arrangements       

  Functional conformation Function Promoter Sigma factor Central Rel-Pos Distance to first Gene Genes Sequence LeftPos RightPos Evidence (Confirmed, Strong, Weak) References
  Zur-Zn2+ repressor ykgMp Sigma70 11.0 -18.0 ykgM, ykgO
312784 312806 [AIBSCS], [GEA], [HIBSCS] [3], [4]
  Zur-Zn2+ repressor zinTp Sigma70 -16.0 -45.0 zinT
2041319 2041341 [AIBSCS] [4]
  Zur-Zn2+ repressor znuAp Sigma38 38.0 -41.0 znuA
1942613 1942635 [BPP], [GEA], [HIBSCS] [5], [6], [7], [8]
  Zur-Zn2+ repressor znuCp Sigma70 -10.0 -38.0 znuC, znuB
1942613 1942635 [BPP], [GEA], [HIBSCS] [5], [6], [7], [8]

Evolutionary conservation of regulatory elements    
     Note: Evolutionary conservation of regulatory interactions and promoters is limited to gammaproteobacteria.
Promoter-target gene evolutionary conservation


 [BPP] Binding of purified proteins

 [IPI] Inferred from physical interaction

 [AIBSCS] Automated inference based on similarity to consensus sequences

 [GEA] Gene expression analysis

 [HIBSCS] Human inference based on similarity to consensus sequences


 [1] 10816566., null, null, null

 [2] Outten CE., Tobin DA., Penner-Hahn JE., O'Halloran TV., 2001, Characterization of the metal receptor sites in Escherichia coli Zur, an ultrasensitive zinc(II) metalloregulatory protein., Biochemistry. 40(35):10417-23

 [3] Hemm MR., Paul BJ., Miranda-Rios J., Zhang A., Soltanzad N., Storz G., 2010, Small Stress Response Proteins in Escherichia coli: Proteins Missed by Classical Proteomic Studies., J Bacteriol. 192(1):46-58

 [4] Panina EM., Mironov AA., Gelfand MS., 2003, Comparative genomics of bacterial zinc regulons: enhanced ion transport, pathogenesis, and rearrangement of ribosomal proteins., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 100(17):9912-7

 [5] Outten CE., O'Halloran TV., 2001, Femtomolar sensitivity of metalloregulatory proteins controlling zinc homeostasis., Science. 292(5526):2488-92

 [6] Patzer SI., Hantke K., 2000, The zinc-responsive regulator Zur and its control of the znu gene cluster encoding the ZnuABC zinc uptake system in Escherichia coli., J Biol Chem. 275(32):24321-32

 [7] Patzer SI., Hantke K., 1998, The ZnuABC high-affinity zinc uptake system and its regulator Zur in Escherichia coli., Mol Microbiol. 28(6):1199-210

 [8] Warner DM., Levy SB., 2012, SoxS increases the expression of the zinc uptake system ZnuACB in an Escherichia coli murine pyelonephritis model., J Bacteriol. 194(5):1177-85