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Nucleic Acids Res. 2001 Dec 15;29(24):4930-4.

A second NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligase (LigB) in Escherichia coli.

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  • 1Molecular Biology Program, Sloan-Kettering Institute, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA.


Escherichia coli DNA ligase (LigA) is the prototype of the NAD(+)-dependent class of DNA ligases found in all bacteria. Here we report the characterization of E.coli LigB, a second NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligase identified by virtue of its sequence similarity to LigA. LigB differs from LigA in that it lacks the BRCA1 C-terminus domain (BRCT) and two of the four Zn-binding cysteines that are present in LigA and all other bacterial NAD(+) ligases. We found that recombinant LigB catalyzed strand joining on a singly-nicked DNA in the presence of a divalent cation and NAD(+), and that LigB reacted with NAD(+) to form a covalent ligase-adenylate intermediate. Alanine substitution for the motif I lysine ((126)KxDG) abolished nick joining and ligase-adenylate formation by LigB, thus confirming that the ligase and adenylyltransferase activities are intrinsic to the LigB protein.

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