About the Authors

Ramachandran Saraswathi

Contributed equally to this work with: Ramachandran Saraswathi, Rakhi Pait Chowdhury

Affiliation Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Rakhi Pait Chowdhury

Contributed equally to this work with: Ramachandran Saraswathi, Rakhi Pait Chowdhury

Affiliation Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Sunanda Margrett Williams

Affiliation Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Payel Ghatak

Affiliation Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Dipankar Chatterji

dipankar@mbu.iisc.ernet.in

Affiliation Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Performed the experiments: RS RPC SMW PG. Analyzed the data: RPC DC. Wrote the paper: DC. Purified Dps 2: RS. Characterized and studied DNA binding studies: RS. Carried out regulation of Dps-s gene, sigma factor identification and single round transcription: RPC. Generated ΔNDPs-2: SMW. Carried out DNA-binding analysis: SMW. Carried all AFM analysis: PG.