UniProt functional annotation for P0A7Z4

UniProt code: P0A7Z4.

Organism: Escherichia coli (strain K12).
Taxonomy: Bacteria; Proteobacteria; Gammaproteobacteria; Enterobacteriales; Enterobacteriaceae; Escherichia.
Function: DNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RNAP) catalyzes the transcription of DNA into RNA using the four ribonucleoside triphosphates as substrates. This subunit plays an important role in subunit assembly since its dimerization is the first step in the sequential assembly of subunits to form the holoenzyme.
Catalytic activity: Nucleoside triphosphate + RNA(n) = diphosphate + RNA(n+1).
Subunit: Homodimer. The RNAP catalytic core consists of 2 alpha, 1 beta, 1 beta' and 1 omega subunit. When a sigma factor is associated with the core the holoenzyme is formed, which can initiate transcription. Both the N- and C-terminus interact with different regions of transcriptional regulator CRP.
Domain: The N-terminal domain is essential for RNAP assembly and basal transcription, whereas the C-terminal domain is involved in interaction with transcriptional regulators (such as CRP) and with upstream promoter elements.
Similarity: Belongs to the RNA polymerase alpha chain family.

Annotations taken from UniProtKB at the EBI.