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Cell. 1989 Jun 16;57(6):955-63.

RNA unwinding activity of SV40 large T antigen.

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  • 1Fakultät für Biologie, Universität Konstanz, Federal Republic of Germany.


Large T antigen, the regulatory protein encoded by simian virus 40, has DNA helicase activity and unwinds double-stranded DNA at the expense of ATP. T antigen also functions as an RNA helicase separating duplex regions in partially double-stranded RNA substrates. Surprisingly, T antigen RNA helicase activity requires UTP, CTP, or GTP as a cofactor, whereas ATP is an inefficient energy source for the RNA unwinding reaction. Accordingly, T antigen has both an intrinsic non-ATP NTPase activity that is stimulated by single-stranded RNA and an ATPase activity stimulated by single-stranded DNA. Thus, it appears that the bound nucleotide determines whether T antigen acts as an RNA helicase or as a DNA helicase.

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