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Gene. 1995 May 19;157(1-2):131-4.

A model for DNA binding and enzyme action derived from crystallographic studies of the TaqI N6-adenine-methyltransferase.

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Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Kristallographie, Germany.


The crystal structures of the DNA-N6-adenine-methyltransferase M.TaqI, in complexes with the cofactor S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet) and the competitive inhibitor sinefungin (Sf) show identical folding of the polypeptide chains into two domains. The N-terminal domain carries the cofactor-binding site, the C-terminal domain is thought to be implicated in sequence-specific DNA binding. Model building of the M.TaqI-DNA complex suggests that the adenine to be methylated swings out of the double helix as found previously in the cytosine-C5-MTase HhaI DNA co-crystal structure. A torsion of the methionine moiety of the cofactor is required to bring the methyl group within reach of the swung-out base and allow methyl group transfer.

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