The C-terminus of the phage λ Orf recombinase is involved in DNA binding.

Curtis, Fiona and Reed, Patricia and Wilson, Lindsay and Bowers, Laura and Yeo, Paul and Sanderson, John and Walmsley, Adrian and Sharples, Gary (2011) The C-terminus of the phage λ Orf recombinase is involved in DNA binding. Journal of Molecular Recognition, 24 (2). pp. 333-340. ISSN 0952-3499

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Abstract

Phage λ Orf substitutes for the activities of the Escherichia coli RecFOR proteins in vivo and is therefore implicated as a recombination mediator, encouraging the assembly of bacterial RecA onto single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) coated with SSB. Orf exists as a dimer in solution, associates with E. coli SSB and binds preferentially to ssDNA. To help identify interacting domains we analysed Orf and SSB proteins carrying mutations or truncations in the C-terminal region. A cluster of acidic residues at the carboxy-terminus of SSB is known to attract multiple protein partners to assist in DNA replication and repair. In this case an alternative domain must be utilized since Orf association with SSB was unaffected by an SSB113 point mutant (P176S) or removal of the last ten residues (ΔC10). Structurally the Orf C-terminus consists of a helix with a flexible tail that protrudes from each side of the dimer and could serve as a binding site for either SSB or DNA. Eliminating the six residue flexible tail (ΔC6) or the entire helix (ΔC19) had no significant impact on the Orf–SSB interaction. However, the OrfΔC6 protein exhibited reduced DNA binding, a feature shared by single amino acid substitutions within (W141F) or adjacent (R140A) to this region. The OrfΔC19 mutant bound poorly to DNA and secondary structure analysis in solution revealed that this truncation induces protein misfolding and aggregation. The results show that the carboxy-terminus of Orf is involved in nucleic acid recognition and also plays an unexpected role in maintaining structural integrity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Molecular Recognition
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1300/1312
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 51944
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2011 10:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 07:45
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51944

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