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Continuous assays for DNA translocation using fluorescent triplex dissociation: Application to type I restriction endonucleases

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-915
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2005


Fluorescent assays and accompanying kinetic models are described for the analysis of DNA translocation independent of duplex unwinding. A triplex binding site (TBS) was introduced into DNA substrates at precise loci downstream of recognition sequences for type IA, IB and IC restriction endonucleases (EcoKI, EcoAI and EcoR1241, respectively). Each endonuclease was incubated (without ATP) with substrates on which a hexachlorofluoroscein-labelled triplex-forming oligonucleotide (HEX-TFO) was pre-bound. Following addition of ATP, 1-D enzyme motion resulted in collision with, and displacement of, the HEX-TFO, producing a > twofold increase in fluorescent intensity. Alternatively, a decrease in anisotropy following displacement of a rhodamine-labelled TFO was monitored. Using rapid mixing in a stopped-flow fluorimeter, continuous kinetic profiles were produced in which displacement is preceded by a lag-phase, directly proportional to the distance moved. For each enzyme, we obtained not only the translocation. rate but also information on slow isomerisation step(s) at initiation. Furthermore, we demonstrated that enzymes deficient in DNA cleavage but with maximal ATPase activity showed initiation and translocation rates identical to wild-type, confirming that DNA strand breaks are not a pre-requisite of motion. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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