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EMBO J. 2009 Jun 3;28(11):1666-78. doi: 10.1038/emboj.2009.125.

Plasmid replication initiator RepB forms a hexamer reminiscent of ring helicases and has mobile nuclease domains.

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Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona Science Park, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

RepB initiates plasmid rolling-circle replication by binding to a triple 11-bp direct repeat (bind locus) and cleaving the DNA at a specific distant site located in a hairpin loop within the nic locus of the origin. The structure of native full-length RepB reveals a hexameric ring molecule, where each protomer has two domains. The origin-binding and catalytic domains show a three-layer alpha-beta-alpha sandwich fold. The active site is positioned at one of the faces of the beta-sheet and coordinates a Mn2+ ion at short distance from the essential nucleophilic Y99. The oligomerization domains (ODs), each consisting of four alpha-helices, together define a compact ring with a central channel, a feature found in ring helicases. The toroidal arrangement of RepB suggests that, similar to ring helicases, it encircles one of the DNA strands during replication to confer processivity to the replisome complex. The catalytic domains appear to be highly mobile with respect to ODs. This mobility may account for the adaptation of the protein to two distinct DNA recognition sites.

PMID:
19440202
PMCID:
PMC2693155
DOI:
10.1038/emboj.2009.125
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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