The C-terminal region of Escherichia coli MutS and protein oligomerization

Cátedra de Química Biológica, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (Impact Factor: 2.3). 09/2007; 360(2):412-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.06.056
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Escherichia coli MutS, an 853 amino acids oligomeric protein, is involved in the postreplicative DNA mismatch repair and avoidance of homeologous recombination. By constructing MutS mutated versions of the C-terminal region, we determined that deletion of the last 7 C-terminal amino acids is enough to abolish tetramer formation and that the K850A substitution destabilize the tetramer structure. It is proposed that the C-terminal extreme alpha helix (residues 839-850) of the protein may play an important role in protein oligomerization. We also show that the C-terminal region or the C-terminal plus the HTH domain of MutS, fused to the monomeric Maltose Binding Protein promote oligomerization of the chimeric protein. However, chemical cross-linking experiments indicate that the HTH domain improves the oligomerization properties of the fused protein. Escherichia coli cells expressing the fused proteins become hypermutator suggesting that the C-terminal region of MutS plays an important role in vivo.

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    • "EcNTD chemical crosslinking were performed as described [20]. EcNTD in 20 mM HEPES (pH: 7.4), 150 mM KCl, 10% glycerol, 5 mM MgCl2 and 1 mM DTT was incubated with 1 mM EDTA, ADP, ATP or AMPPNP at room temperature for 1 h and then 4°C ON. "
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    • "In E. coli MutS, removal of the C-terminal region (53 amino acids) causes defects in tetramer formation and mismatch binding (Bjornson et al., 2003) and the truncated protein is defective in vivo when expressed from the native locus (Calmann et al., 2005). Whether or not tetramer formation by E. coli MutS provides an in vivo function is unclear (Mendillo et al., 2007; Miguel et al., 2007). Our finding that MutS800 and MutS850 bind a mismatch in vitro suggests that our deletion mutants do not suffer from the same biochemical defects as the E. coli protein. "
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