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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 6 (2005), Issue 7-8, Pages 345-356
Research article

In Silico Analysis for Transcription Factors With Zn(II)2C6 Binuclear Cluster DNA-Binding Domains in Candida albicans

1Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Universitat de València, Burjassot, Valencia 46100, Spain
2Departamento de Microbiología y Ecología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universitat de València, Avda. Vicent Andrés i Estellés s/n, Burjassot, Valencia 46100, Spain

Received 3 March 2005; Revised 26 May 2005; Accepted 5 September 2005

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A total of 6047 open reading frames in the Candida albicans genome were screened for Zn(II)2C6-type zinc cluster proteins (or binuclear cluster proteins) involved in DNA recognition. These fungal proteins are transcription regulators of genes involved in a wide range of cellular processes, including metabolism of different compounds such as sugars or amino acids, as well as multi-drug resistance, control of meiosis, cell wall architecture, etc. The selection criteria used in the sequence analysis were the presence of the CysX2CysX6CysX5-16CysX2CysX6-8Cys motif and a putative nuclear localization signal. Using this approach, 70 putative Zn(II)2C6 transcription factors have been found in the genome of C. albicans.