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Nucleosides Nucleotides Nucleic Acids. 2011 Jul-Aug;30(7-8):632-50. doi: 10.1080/15257770.2011.584339.

Crosslinking of (cytosine-5)-DNA methyltransferase SsoII and its complexes with specific DNA duplexes provides an insight into their structures.

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Faculty of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics, Chemistry Department, and A. N. Belozersky Institute of Physio-Chemical Biology, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991, Moscow, Russia.


(Cytosine-5)-DNA methyltransferase SsoII (M.SsoII) functions as a methyltransferase and also as a transcription factor. Chemical and photochemical crosslinking was used for exploring the structure of M.SsoII-DNA complexes and M.SsoII in the absence of DNA. Photocrosslinking with 4-(N-maleimido)benzophenone demonstrated that in the M.SsoII complex with DNA containing the regulatory site, the M.SsoII region responsible for methylation was bound to DNA flanking the regulatory site, which contained no methylation sequence. This required high flexibility of the linker connecting the M.SsoII N-terminal domain and the M.SsoII region responsible for methylation. The flexibility was demonstrated by crosslinking with bis-maleimidoethane and 1,11-bis-maleimidotetraethyleneglycol.

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