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Biophys J. 2011 Mar 2;100(5):1344-52. doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2011.01.057.

Reverse-chaperoning activity of an AAA+ protein.

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Department of Physics and the Center for the Physics of Living Cells, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA.

Abstract

Speed and processivity of replicative DNA polymerases can be enhanced via coupling to a sliding clamp. Due to the closed ring shape of the clamp, a clamp loader protein, belonging to the AAA+ class of ATPases, needs to open the ring-shaped clamp before loading it to DNA. Here, we developed real-time fluorescence assays to study the clamp (PCNA) and the clamp loader (RFC) from the mesophilic archaeon Methanosarcina acetivorans. Unexpectedly, we discovered that RFC can assemble a PCNA ring from monomers in solution. A motion-based DNA polymerization assay showed that the PCNA assembled by RFC is functional. This PCNA assembly activity required the ATP-bound conformation of RFC. Our work demonstrates a reverse-chaperoning activity for an AAA+ protein that can act as a template for the assembly of another protein complex.

PMID:
21354408
PMCID:
PMC3043212
DOI:
10.1016/j.bpj.2011.01.057
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