The structure of M.EcoKI Type I DNA methyltransferase with a DNA mimic antirestriction protein

Christopher K. Kennaway, Agnieszka Obarska-Kosinska, John H. White, Irina Tuszynska, Laurie P. Cooper, Janusz M. Bujnicki, John Trinick, David T. F. Dryden

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Abstract

Type-I DNA restriction-modification (R/M) systems are important agents in limiting the transmission of mobile genetic elements responsible for spreading bacterial resistance to antibiotics. EcoKI, a Type I R/M enzyme from Escherichia coli, acts by methylation- and sequence-specific recognition, leading to either methylation of DNA or translocation and cutting at a random site, often hundreds of base pairs away. Consisting of one specificity subunit, two modification subunits, and two DNA translocase/endonuclease subunits, EcoKI is inhibited by the T7 phage antirestriction protein ocr, a DNA mimic. We present a 3D density map generated by negative-stain electron microscopy and single particle analysis of the central core of the restriction complex, the M. EcoKI M2S1 methyltransferase, bound to ocr. We also present complete atomic models of M. EcoKI in complex with ocr and its cognate DNA giving a clear picture of the overall clamp-like operation of the enzyme. The model is consistent with a large body of experimental data on EcoKI published over 40 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-770
Number of pages9
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

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