The McrBC restriction endonuclease assembles into a ring structure in the presence of G nucleotides

Panne, D. and Muller, S. A. and Wirtz, S. and Engel, A. and Bickle, T. A.. (2001) The McrBC restriction endonuclease assembles into a ring structure in the presence of G nucleotides. The EMBO journal, Vol. 20, H. 12. pp. 3210-3217.

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McrBC from Escherichia coli K-12 is a restriction enzyme that belongs to the family of AAA(+) proteins and cuts DNA containing modified cytosines. Two proteins are expressed from the mcrB gene: a full-length version, McrB(L), and a short version, McrB(S). McrB(L) binds specifically to the methylated recognition site and is, therefore, the DNA-binding moiety of the McrBC endonuclease. McrB(S) is devoid of DNA-binding activity. We observed that the quaternary structure of the endonuclease depends on binding of the cofactors. In gel filtration experiments, McrB(L) and McrB(S) form high molecular weight oligomers in the presence of Mg(2+) and GTP, GDP or GTP-gamma-S. Oligomerization did not require the presence of DNA and was independent of GTP hydrolysis. Electron micrographs of negatively stained McrB(L) and McrB(S) revealed ring-shaped particles with a central channel. Mass analysis by scanning transmission electron microscopy indicates that McrB(L) and McrB(S) form single heptameric rings as well as tetradecamers. In the presence of McrC, a subunit that is essential for DNA cleavage, the tetradecameric species was the major form of the endonuclease.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Structural Biology (Engel)
UniBasel Contributors:Engel, Andreas H
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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