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J Biol Chem. 2013 Dec 6;288(49):35014-27. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M113.512970. Epub 2013 Oct 22.

Binding of G-quadruplexes to the N-terminal recognition domain of the RNA helicase associated with AU-rich element (RHAU).

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From the Departments of Chemistry and.


Polynucleotides containing consecutive tracts of guanines can adopt an intramolecular G-quadruplex structure where multiple planar tetrads of hydrogen-bound guanines stack on top of each other. Remodeling of G-quadruplexes impacts numerous aspects of nucleotide biology including transcriptional and translational control. RNA helicase associated with AU-rich element (RHAU), a member of the ATP-dependent DEX(H/D) family of RNA helicases, has been established as a major cellular quadruplex resolvase. RHAU contains a core helicase domain responsible for ATP binding/hydrolysis/helicase activity and is flanked on either side by N- and C-terminal extensions. The N-terminal extension is required for quadruplex recognition, and we have previously demonstrated complex formation between this domain and a quadruplex from human telomerase RNA. Here we used an integrated approach that includes small angle x-ray scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, circular dichroism, and dynamic light scattering methods to demonstrate the recognition of G-quadruplexes by the N-terminal domain of RHAU. Based on our results, we conclude that (i) quadruplex from the human telomerase RNA and its DNA analog both adopt a disc shape in solution, (ii) RHAU53-105 adopts a defined and extended conformation in solution, and (iii) the N-terminal domain mediates an interaction with a guanine tetrad face of quadruplexes. Together, these data form the foundation for understanding the recognition of quadruplexes by the N-terminal domain of RHAU.


DHX36; DNA Helicase; G-quadruplex; G4R1; RHAU; RNA Helicase; RNA-Protein Interaction; RNA-binding Protein; X-ray Scattering

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