ABSTRACT: The DNA repair protein MutS forms clamp-like structures on DNA that search for and recognize base mismatches leading to ATP-transformed signaling clamps. In this study, the mobile MutS clamps were trapped on DNA in a functional state using single-cysteine variants of MutS and thiol-modified homoduplex or heteroduplex DNA. This approach allows stabilization of various transient MutS-DNA complexes and will enable their structural and functional analysis.
Molecular BioSystems 05/2012; 8(7):1861-4. · 3.53 Impact Factor