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J Biol Chem ; 2018 Nov 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30425099

RESUMO

LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES DOMAIN (LBD) proteins, a family of plant-specific transcription factors harboring a conserved LOB domain, are regulators of plant organ development. Recent studies have unraveled additional pivotal roles of the LBD protein family beyond defining lateral organ boundaries, such as pollen development and nitrogen metabolism. The structural basis for the molecular network of LBD-dependent processes remains to be deciphered. Here, we solved the first structure of the homodimeric LOB domain of Ramosa2 from wheat (TtRa2LD) to 1.9 Å resolution. Our crystal structure reveals structural features shared with other zinc-finger transcriptional factors, as well as some features unique to LBD proteins. Formation of the TtRa2LD homodimer relied on hydrophobic interactions of its coiled-coil motifs. Several specific motifs/domains of the LBD protein were also involved in maintaining its overall conformation. The intricate assembly within and between the monomers determined the precise spatial configuration of the two zinc fingers that recognize palindromic DNA sequences. Biochemical, molecular modeling, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments indicated that dimerization is important for cooperative DNA binding and discrimination of palindromic DNA through a molecular calipers mechanism. Along with previously published data, this study enables us to establish an atomic-scale mechanistic model for LBD proteins as transcriptional regulators in plants.

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Structure ; 26(3): 403-415.e4, 2018 03 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29429875

RESUMO

Helicase DHX36 plays essential roles in cell development and differentiation at least partially by resolving G-quadruplex (G4) structures. Here we report crystal structures of the Drosophila homolog of DHX36 (DmDHX36) in complex with RNA and a series of DNAs. By combining structural, small-angle X-ray scattering, molecular dynamics simulation, and single-molecule fluorescence studies, we revealed that positively charged amino acids in RecA2 and OB-like domains constitute an elaborate structural pocket at the nucleic acid entrance, in which negatively charged G4 DNA is tightly bound and partially destabilized. The G4 DNA is then completely unfolded through the 3'-5' translocation activity of the helicase. Furthermore, crystal structures and DNA binding assays show that G-rich DNA is preferentially recognized and in the presence of ATP, specifically bound by DmDHX36, which may cooperatively enhance the G-rich DNA translocation and G4 unfolding. On the basis of these results, a conceptual G4 DNA-resolving mechanism is proposed.

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Nucleic Acids Res ; 46(3): 1486-1500, 2018 Feb 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29202194

RESUMO

The Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pif1 protein (ScPif1p) is the prototypical member of the Pif1 family of DNA helicases. ScPif1p is involved in the maintenance of mitochondrial, ribosomal and telomeric DNA and suppresses genome instability at G-quadruplex motifs. Here, we report the crystal structures of a truncated ScPif1p (ScPif1p237-780) in complex with different ssDNAs. Our results have revealed that a yeast-specific insertion domain protruding from the 2B domain folds as a bundle bearing an α-helix, α16. The α16 helix regulates the helicase activities of ScPif1p through interactions with the previously identified loop3. Furthermore, a biologically relevant dimeric structure has been identified, which can be further specifically stabilized by G-quadruplex DNA. Basing on structural analyses and mutational studies with DNA binding and unwinding assays, a potential G-quadruplex DNA binding site in ScPif1p monomers is suggested. Our results also show that ScPif1p uses the Q-motif to preferentially hydrolyze ATP, and a G-rich tract is preferentially recognized by more residues, consistent with previous biochemical observations. These findings provide a structural and mechanistic basis for understanding the multifunctional ScPif1p.

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J Biochem ; 162(3): 183-191, 2017 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28338731

RESUMO

Mutations in human BLM helicase give rise to the autosomal recessive Bloom syndrome, which shows high predisposition to types of malignant tumours. Though lots of biochemical and structural investigations have shed lights on the helicase core, structural investigations of the whole BLM protein are still limited due to its low stability and production. Here by comparing with the expression systems and functions of other BLM homologues, we developed the heterologous high-level expression and high-yield purification systems for Gallus gallus BLM (gBLM) in Escherichia coli. Subsequent DNA binding and unwinding determinations demonstrated that gBLM was a vigorous atypical DNA structure specific helicase, which not only showed high preference for the 3'-tailed DNA structures but also could efficiently unwind bubble DNA structures with blunt-ends, indicating its biological roles in processing DNA metabolism intermediates. Further comparative analysis between gBLM and gBLM Core revealed that the long N-terminal domain facilitated the binding affinity of forked and bubble DNA structures and it was also required for the DNA unwinding activities of gBLM. Thus, we present the first enzymatic characterization of gBLM and its N-terminal domain, providing a new model for probing the mechanism and structure of human BLM.


Assuntos
RecQ Helicases/isolamento & purificação , RecQ Helicases/metabolismo , Animais , Galinhas
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J Biol Chem ; 292(14): 5909-5920, 2017 04 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28228481

RESUMO

Helicases play a critical role in processes such as replication or recombination by unwinding double-stranded DNA; mutations of these genes can therefore have devastating biological consequences. In humans, mutations in genes of three members of the RecQ family helicases (blm, wrn, and recq4) give rise to three strikingly distinctive clinical phenotypes: Bloom syndrome, Werner syndrome, and Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, respectively. However, the molecular basis for these varying phenotypic outcomes is unclear, in part because a full mechanistic description of helicase activity is lacking. Because the helicase core domains are highly conserved, it has been postulated that functional differences among family members might be explained by significant differences in the N-terminal domains, but these domains are poorly characterized. To help fill this gap, we now describe bioinformatics, biochemical, and structural data for three vertebrate BLM proteins. We pair high resolution crystal structures with SAXS analysis to describe an internal, highly conserved sequence we term the dimerization helical bundle in N-terminal domain (DHBN). We show that, despite the N-terminal domain being loosely structured and potentially lacking a defined three-dimensional structure in general, the DHBN exists as a dimeric structure required for higher order oligomer assembly. Interestingly, the unwinding amplitude and rate decrease as BLM is assembled from dimer into hexamer, and also, the stable DHBN dimer can be dissociated upon ATP hydrolysis. Thus, the structural and biochemical characterizations of N-terminal domains will provide new insights into how the N-terminal domain affects the structural and functional organization of the full BLM molecule.


Assuntos
Trifosfato de Adenosina/química , Proteínas Aviárias/química , Galinhas , Multimerização Proteica , RecQ Helicases/química , Trifosfato de Adenosina/genética , Trifosfato de Adenosina/metabolismo , Animais , Proteínas Aviárias/genética , Proteínas Aviárias/metabolismo , Cristalografia por Raios X , Domínios Proteicos , Estrutura Quaternária de Proteína , RecQ Helicases/genética , RecQ Helicases/metabolismo
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Sci Rep ; 7: 42865, 2017 02 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28216645

RESUMO

3'-5' exonucleases are frequently found to be associated to polymerases or helicases domains in the same enzyme or could function as autonomous entities. Here we uncovered that Candida albicans Pif1 (CaPif1) displays a 3'-5' exonuclease activity besides its main helicase activity. These two latter activities appear to reside on the same polypeptide and the new exonuclease activity could be mapped to the helicase core domain. We clearly show that CaPif1 displays exclusively exonuclease activity and unambiguously establish the directionality of the exonuclease activity as the 3'-to-5' polarity. The enzyme appears to follow the two-metal-ion driven hydrolyzing activity exhibited by most of the nucleases, as shown by its dependence of magnesium and also by the identification of aspartic residues. Interestingly, an excellent correlation could be found between the presence of the conserved residues and the exonuclease activity when testing activities on Pif1 enzymes from eight fungal organisms. In contrast to others proteins endowed with the double helicase/exonuclease functionality, CaPif1 differs in the fact that the two activities are embedded in the same helicase domain and not located on separated domains. Our findings may suggest a biochemical basis for mechanistic studies of Pif1 family helicases.


Assuntos
Candida albicans/enzimologia , DNA Helicases/química , DNA Helicases/metabolismo , Exonucleases/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Candida albicans/química , Sequência Conservada , Exonucleases/química , Proteínas Fúngicas/química , Proteínas Fúngicas/metabolismo , Hidrólise , Magnésio/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 44(17): 8385-94, 2016 09 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27471032

RESUMO

Alternative DNA structures that deviate from B-form double-stranded DNA such as G-quadruplex (G4) DNA can be formed by G-rich sequences that are widely distributed throughout the human genome. We have previously shown that Pif1p not only unfolds G4, but also unwinds the downstream duplex DNA in a G4-stimulated manner. In the present study, we further characterized the G4-stimulated duplex DNA unwinding phenomenon by means of single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer. It was found that Pif1p did not unwind the partial duplex DNA immediately after unfolding the upstream G4 structure, but rather, it would dwell at the ss/dsDNA junction with a 'waiting time'. Further studies revealed that the waiting time was in fact related to a protein dimerization process that was sensitive to ssDNA sequence and would become rapid if the sequence is G-rich. Furthermore, we identified that the G-rich sequence, as the G4 structure, equally stimulates duplex DNA unwinding. The present work sheds new light on the molecular mechanism by which G4-unwinding helicase Pif1p resolves physiological G4/duplex DNA structures in cells.


Assuntos
Biocatálise , DNA Helicases/metabolismo , DNA de Cadeia Simples/metabolismo , DNA/metabolismo , Quadruplex G , Desnaturação de Ácido Nucleico , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Sequência de Bases , Replicação do DNA , Multimerização Proteica , Especificidade por Substrato , Fatores de Tempo
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 44(6): 2949-61, 2016 Apr 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26809678

RESUMO

Pif1 helicases are ubiquitous members of the SF1B family and are essential for maintaining genome stability. It was speculated that Pif1-specific motifs may fold in specific structures, conferring distinct activities upon it. Here, we report the crystal structures of the Pif1 helicase from Bacteroides spp with and without adenosine triphosphate (ATP) analog/ssDNA. BsPif1 shares structural similarities with RecD2 and Dda helicases but has specific features in the 1B and 2B domains. The highly conserved Pif1 family specific sequence motif interacts with and constraints a putative pin-loop in domain 1B in a precise conformation. More importantly, we found that the 2B domain which contains a specific extended hairpin undergoes a significant rotation and/or movement upon ATP and DNA binding, which is absolutely required for DNA unwinding. We therefore propose a mechanism for DNA unwinding in which the 2B domain plays a predominant role. The fact that the conformational change regulates Pif1 activity may provide insight into the puzzling observation that Pif1 becomes highly processive during break-induced replication in association with Polδ, while the isolated Pif1 has low processivity.


Assuntos
Trifosfato de Adenosina/química , Proteínas de Bactérias/química , Bacteroides/química , DNA Helicases/química , DNA de Cadeia Simples/química , Trifosfato de Adenosina/metabolismo , Motivos de Aminoácidos , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Bacteroides/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação , Sequência Conservada , Cristalografia por Raios X , DNA Helicases/genética , DNA Helicases/metabolismo , DNA Polimerase III/química , DNA Polimerase III/genética , DNA Polimerase III/metabolismo , DNA de Cadeia Simples/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Modelos Moleculares , Dados de Sequência Molecular , Ligação Proteica , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Proteínas Recombinantes/química , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 43(18): 8942-54, 2015 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26384418

RESUMO

ScPif1 DNA helicase is the prototypical member of a 5'-to-3' helicase superfamily conserved from bacteria to human and plays various roles in the maintenance of genomic homeostasis. While many studies have been performed with eukaryotic Pif1 helicases, including yeast and human Pif1 proteins, the potential functions and biochemical properties of prokaryotic Pif1 helicases remain largely unknown. Here, we report the expression, purification and biochemical analysis of Pif1 helicase from Bacteroides sp. 3_1_23 (BsPif1). BsPif1 binds to a large panel of DNA substrates and, in particular, efficiently unwinds partial duplex DNAs with 5'-overhang, fork-like substrates, D-loop and flap-like substrates, suggesting that BsPif1 may act at stalled DNA replication forks and enhance Okazaki fragment maturation. Like its eukaryotic homologues, BsPif1 resolves R-loop structures and unwinds DNA-RNA hybrids. Furthermore, BsPif1 efficiently unfolds G-quadruplexes and disrupts nucleoprotein complexes. Altogether, these results highlight that prokaryotic Pif1 helicases may resolve common issues that arise during DNA transactions. Interestingly, we found that BsPif1 is different from yeast Pif1, but resembles more human Pif1 with regard to substrate specificity, helicase activity and mode of action. These findings are discussed in the context of the possible functions of prokaryotic Pif1 helicases in vivo.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Bacteroides/enzimologia , DNA Helicases/metabolismo , DNA/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/química , Proteínas de Bactérias/isolamento & purificação , DNA/química , DNA Helicases/química , DNA Helicases/isolamento & purificação , Quadruplex G , Especificidade por Substrato
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J Biol Chem ; 290(12): 7722-35, 2015 Mar 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25627683

RESUMO

The evolutionarily conserved G-quadruplexes (G4s) are faithfully inherited and serve a variety of cellular functions such as telomere maintenance, gene regulation, DNA replication initiation, and epigenetic regulation. Different from the Watson-Crick base-pairing found in duplex DNA, G4s are formed via Hoogsteen base pairing and are very stable and compact DNA structures. Failure of untangling them in the cell impedes DNA-based transactions and leads to genome instability. Cells have evolved highly specific helicases to resolve G4 structures. We used a recombinant nuclear form of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pif1 to characterize Pif1-mediated DNA unwinding with a substrate mimicking an ongoing lagging strand synthesis stalled by G4s, which resembles a replication origin and a G4-structured flap in Okazaki fragment maturation. We find that the presence of G4 may greatly stimulate the Pif1 helicase to unwind duplex DNA. Further studies reveal that this stimulation results from G4-enhanced Pif1 dimerization, which is required for duplex DNA unwinding. This finding provides new insights into the properties and functions of G4s. We discuss the observed activation phenomenon in relation to the possible regulatory role of G4s in the rapid rescue of the stalled lagging strand synthesis by helping the replicator recognize and activate the replication origin as well as by quickly removing the G4-structured flap during Okazaki fragment maturation.


Assuntos
DNA Helicases/metabolismo , DNA/metabolismo , Quadruplex G , Sequência de Bases , Biocatálise , DNA/química , Cinética , Dados de Sequência Molecular , Conformação de Ácido Nucleico , Espectrometria de Fluorescência
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Biochem J ; 466(1): 189-99, 2015 Feb 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25471447

RESUMO

Recent advances in G-quadruplex (G4) studies have confirmed that G4 structures exist in living cells and may have detrimental effects on various DNA transactions. How helicases resolve G4, however, has just begun to be studied and remains largely unknown. In the present paper, we use single-molecule fluorescence assays to probe Pif1-catalysed unfolding of G4 in a DNA construct resembling an ongoing synthesis of lagging strand stalled by G4. Strikingly, Pif1 unfolds and then halts at the ss/dsDNA junction, followed by rapid reformation of G4 and 'acrobatic' re-initiation of unfolding by the same monomer. Thus, Pif1 unfolds single G4 structures repetitively. Furthermore, it is found that Pif1 unfolds G4 sequentially in two large steps. Our study has revealed that, as a stable intermediate, G-triplex (G3) plays an essential role in this process. The repetitive unfolding activity may facilitate Pif1 disrupting the continuously reforming obstructive G4 structures to rescue a stalled replication fork. The proposed mechanism for step-wise unfolding of G4 is probably applicable to other helicases that resolve G4 structures for maintaining genome stability.


Assuntos
DNA Helicases/química , DNA de Cadeia Simples/química , Quadruplex G , Genoma Fúngico , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/química , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/química , Biocatálise , DNA Helicases/genética , DNA Helicases/metabolismo , Replicação do DNA , DNA de Cadeia Simples/metabolismo , Transferência Ressonante de Energia de Fluorescência , Corantes Fluorescentes , Expressão Gênica , Instabilidade Genômica , Proteínas Recombinantes/química , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Coloração e Rotulagem
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J Bacteriol ; 196(24): 4216-28, 2014 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25246477

RESUMO

RecQ family helicases function as safeguards of the genome. Unlike Escherichia coli, the Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis bacterium possesses two RecQ-like homologues, RecQ[Bs] and RecS, which are required for the repair of DNA double-strand breaks. RecQ[Bs] also binds to the forked DNA to ensure a smooth progression of the cell cycle. Here we present the first biochemical analysis of recombinant RecQ[Bs]. RecQ[Bs] binds weakly to single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and blunt-ended double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) but strongly to forked dsDNA. The protein exhibits a DNA-stimulated ATPase activity and ATP- and Mg(2+)-dependent DNA helicase activity with a 3' → 5' polarity. Molecular modeling shows that RecQ[Bs] shares high sequence and structure similarity with E. coli RecQ. Surprisingly, RecQ[Bs] resembles the truncated Saccharomyces cerevisiae Sgs1 and human RecQ helicases more than RecQ[Ec] with regard to its enzymatic activities. Specifically, RecQ[Bs] unwinds forked dsDNA and DNA duplexes with a 3'-overhang but is inactive on blunt-ended dsDNA and 5'-overhung duplexes. Interestingly, RecQ[Bs] unwinds blunt-ended DNA with structural features, including nicks, gaps, 5'-flaps, Kappa joints, synthetic replication forks, and Holliday junctions. We discuss these findings in the context of RecQ[Bs]'s possible functions in preserving genomic stability.


Assuntos
Bacillus subtilis/enzimologia , RecQ Helicases/metabolismo , Adenosina Trifosfatases/metabolismo , Trifosfato de Adenosina/metabolismo , DNA/metabolismo , DNA de Cadeia Simples/metabolismo , Magnésio/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Ligação Proteica , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo
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Fitoterapia ; 83(8): 1576-84, 2012 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-22982331

RESUMO

An ultrasonic technique was employed to extract polysaccharides from Ophiopogon japonicus. The ultrasonic extracted polysaccharides (POJ-U) were purified, and POJ-U1a (a homogeneous fraction) was obtained. The structural characteristics of POJ-U1a were investigated by infrared spectra, gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, periodate oxidation, Smith degradation, methylation analysis, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The results indicated that the relative molecular weight of POJ-U1a was 4.02×10(3)Da. POJ-U1a was an α-configuration polysaccharide with a highly branched structure, and consisted of pyranoside and funanside. The backbone of POJ-U1a consisted of 1,6-α-d-glucopyranose and 1,3,6-α-d-glucofuranose in the molar ratio of 7:3, while the branched chains were mainly composed of 1,3-α-d-glucopyranose and 1-α-d-glucopyranose in the molar ratio of 1:3. The branched structure of POJ-U1a was proved intuitively by AFM. Significant antioxidant activity of POJ-U1a has been proved as shown by its DPPH radical scavenging, hydrogen radical scavenging and superoxide anion scavenging activities, which indicated that POJ-U1a showed strong antioxidant activity.


Assuntos
Antioxidantes/química , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Ophiopogon/química , Polissacarídeos/química , Polissacarídeos/farmacologia , Compostos de Bifenilo , Picratos , Raízes de Plantas/química , Superóxidos/química
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