Structure of the major single-stranded DNA-binding domain of replication protein A suggests a dynamic mechanism for DNA binding.Bochkareva, E., Belegu, V., Korolev, S., Bochkarev, A.
(2001) EMBO J. 20: 612-618
- PubMed: 11157767
- DOI: 10.1093/emboj/20.3.612
- PubMed Abstract:
- Structure of the Single-stranded-DNA-binding Domain of Replication Protein A Bound to DNA
Bochkarev, A.,Pfuetzner, R.A.,Edwards, A.M.,Frappier, L.
(1997) Nature 385: 176
- Replication Protein A: Characterization and Crystallization of the DNA-binding Domain
Pfuetzner, R.A.,Bochkarev, A.,Frappier, L.,Edwards, A.M.
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Although structures of single-stranded (ss)DNA-binding proteins (SSBs) have been reported with and without ssDNA, the mechanism of ssDNA binding in eukarya remains speculative. Here we report a 2.5 Angstroms structure of the ssDNA-binding domain of h ...
Although structures of single-stranded (ss)DNA-binding proteins (SSBs) have been reported with and without ssDNA, the mechanism of ssDNA binding in eukarya remains speculative. Here we report a 2.5 Angstroms structure of the ssDNA-binding domain of human replication protein A (RPA) (eukaryotic SSB), for which we previously reported a structure in complex with ssDNA. A comparison of free and bound forms of RPA revealed that ssDNA binding is associated with a major reorientation between, and significant conformational changes within, the structural modules--OB-folds--which comprise the DNA-binding domain. Two OB-folds, whose tandem orientation was stabilized by the presence of DNA, adopted multiple orientations in its absence. Within the OB-folds, extended loops implicated in DNA binding significantly changed conformation in the absence of DNA. Analysis of intermolecular contacts suggested the possibility that other RPA molecules and/or other proteins could compete with DNA for the same binding site. Using this mechanism, protein-protein interactions can regulate, and/or be regulated by DNA binding. Combined with available biochemical data, this structure also suggested a dynamic model for the DNA-binding mechanism.
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