TYROSINE-27 OF THE SPECIFICITY POLYPEPTIDE OF ECOKI CAN BE UV CROSS-LINKED TO A BROMODEOXYURIDINE-SUBSTITUTED DNA TARGET SEQUENCE

A CHEN, L M POWELL, D T F DRYDEN, N E MURRAY, T BROWN, David Dryden

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Abstract

The specificity (S) subunit of the restriction enzyme EcoKI imparts specificity for the sequence AAC(N-6)GTGC. Substitution of thymine with bromodeoxyuridine in a 25 bp DNA duplex containing this sequence stimulated UV light-induced covalent crosslinking to the S subunit, Crosslinking occurred only at the residue complementary to the first adenine in the AAC sequence, demonstrating a close contact between the major groove at this sequence and the S subunit. Peptide sequencing of a proteolytically-digested, crosslinked complex identified tyrosine 27 in the S subunit as the site of crosslinking. This is consistent with the role of the N-terminal domain of the S subunit in recognizing the AAC sequence, Tyrosine 27 is conserved in the S subunits of the three type I enzymes that share the sequence AA in the trinucleotide component of their target sequence, This suggests that tyrosine 27 may make a similar DNA contact in these other enzymes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1177-1183
Number of pages7
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 1995

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