Transcription factors are proteins which regulate the expression of genes. They are divided into two groups: The group of the general transcription factors which are present in every transcription and the special transcription factors, which are present in specific tissues or cells.

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Similarity between lncRNA and Enhancers

Please read it carefully. Question below is purely based on computational experiments: I have been running an analysis algorithm (pretty new one) on lncRNAs and its showing pretty much the same ...
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TRANSFAC Matrix.dat retrieve count matrix using BA or CC field

In the TRANSFAC Matrix.dat most of the motifs are given in the form of count matrix, but a few of them are given as some kind of frequency matrix. Those aren't ordinary PWMs because rows don't sum to ...
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What's the regulation of natural antisense transcripts?

By running an in silico approach on TF binding site prediction, I've discovered binding motif similarity on a nucleotide sequence within the EGFR-AS1. I was quite surprised, given that the ...
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What are in common between transcription factors?

In terms of their structures (primary to tertiary) and locations? Why do they have these commonalities? Or are any of these commonalities critical to their functions?
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Cytokine screening

I am measuring IL-6 production by NF-κB stimulation using IL-1α and TNFα. Il-1 produces a stronger degradation of IκBα (inhibitor of NF-κB). I've done this using ...
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How would one identify cellular transcription factors associated with a viral protein in a treated cell line?

I've been working as the computer guy for a microbiology lab for the past few months. I've always been interested in bench work, but my wet lab experience is rather limited and thus so is my ...
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curly braces in sequence motifs

what do curly braces in sequence motifs stand for? e.g. in RTCRYBN{4}ACG what is N{4}? moreover, i notice that in TRANSFAC ...
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Are there any monomeric repressors in prokaryotes?

I'm looking for a monomeric repressor protein in E. coli, but all of the usual repressors are homodimers or tetramers. Are there any known prokaryotic repressors that repress as a monomer?
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Toll Like Receptors Vs Toll Receptors

What are the major differences between them, apart from one being in humans and other in Drosophilla?
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General transcription factors vs. DNA Binding transcription factors

I know that DNA binding transcription factors are trans-acting, but what about general transcription factors? Are they cis or trans acting?
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What is the difference between basal transcription and activated transcription?

My professor keeps mentioning these two forms of transcription and I'm completely confused as to what the difference is between them. I didn't even realise there were two different types of ...
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How many Stress Response Transcription Factors are there in yeast (and what are they)

I've Read that there are ~209 TFs in Yeast, but I'd like to know how many (and which) of these TFs are associated with Stress Responses? Is there a paper someone can link me to?
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How do DNA-binding proteins determine that they're binding to the correct DNA base pairs?

My professor posed this question to the class today - "How do DNA binding proteins specifically bind to base pairs?" He alluded to the different arrangements of hydrogen-bond donor and acceptors in A-...
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Is there a consensus on the CaMV 35S minimal promoter sequence?

We have an algal enhancer element and a transcription factor that probably binds it. Basal expression of the enhancer element or full promoter driving luciferase in tobacco protoplast was extremely ...
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Are upstream activating factor (UAF) and upstream binding factor (UBF) the same thing?

During ribosome pre-40S and pre-60S synthesis, many sources state the importance of UAF or UBF in initiation complex of ribosome DNA transcription. None of the sources I've seen mentions the other ...
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Is RNA polymerase affected by proteins bound to the coding sequence of a gene?

I am designing a synthetic gene construct to express genes in E. coli driven by either Ptet or PLacO. The construct would look like: -Ptet-(Gene1)-PLacO-(Gene2)- I want to express each gene using ...
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Do transcription factors bind to both strands of DNA?

Do transcription factors (or generally proteins) bind to only single strand of DNA or both strands? Since it can have non covalent bonds to both strands in theory. I would like to know the mechanism. ...
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Why are most transcription factors enhancing the expression rather than repressing?

One can classify the effects of Transcription Factors (TF) on gene expression into two types: it either enhance or repress the gene expression. I have always been told that most of transcription ...
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Resource for finding Repressive/Inhibitory factors for a given gene?

I have a list of genes for each of which I'd like to find: A list of transcription factors that up-regulate the gene A list of inhibitory factors that down-regulate it. I used this tool on Qiagen'...
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what is the biggest known functional distance between an enhancer and its target gene (TSS) in cis?

since the title seems self explanatory; It would be nice if anybody could provide a reference. I'm looking for a paper that I belive stated around 1.5 Mb but anything above will be cordialy welcomed. ...
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Number of autoregulation and FFL motifs in a network

Suppose we have a network with N* nodes (N* is the number of internal nodes). Every directed link in this network exists with probability p. What would be the number of: motifs that are auto-...
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How can I re-format my DNA motifs' position weight matrices?

I am working with a set of DNA motifs that are predicted as potential regulatory motifs (e.g. transcription factor binding sites). The motifs belong to several species, and I wanted to cluster these ...
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How many transcription factors are there?

In molecular biology and genetics, a transcription factor is a protein that binds to specific DNA sequences, thereby controlling the flow (or transcription) of genetic information from DNA to ...