Éva Scheuring Vanamee

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Many reactions in cells proceed via the sequestration of two DNA molecules in a synaptic complex. SfiI is a member of a growing family of restriction enzymes that can bind and cleave two DNA sites simultaneously. We present here the structures of tetrameric SfiI in complex with cognate DNA. The structures reveal two different binding states of SfiI: one(More)
Soluble TNF superfamily (TNFSF) ligands are less stable and less active than their transmembrane (tm) analogues. This is a problem for the therapeutic use of recombinant TNFSF ligands in diverse diseases including cancer and autoimmunity. Creating TNFSF ligand analogues with improved targeting of their respective receptors is important for research and(More)
Major barriers to cancer therapy include the lack of selective inhibitors of regulatory T cells (Tregs) and the lack of broadly applicable ways to directly target tumors through frequently expressed surface oncogenes. Tumor necrosis factor receptor 2 (TNFR2) is an attractive target protein because of its restricted abundance to highly immunosuppressive(More)
The rationale behind current worldwide human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programs starts from two basic premises, 1) that HPV vaccines will prevent cervical cancers and save lives and, 2) have no risk of serious side effects. Therefore, efforts should be made to get as many pre-adolescent girls vaccinated in order to decrease the burden of cervical(More)
FokI is a bipartite restriction endonuclease that recognizes a non-palindromic DNA sequence, and then makes double-stranded cuts outside of that sequence to leave a 5' overhang. Earlier kinetic and crystallographic studies suggested that FokI might function as a dimer. Here, we show, using dynamic light-scattering, gel-filtration and analytical(More)
FokI is a type IIS restriction endonuclease that recognizes the 5'-GGATG-3' sequence and cleaves non-specifically at 9 and 13 base-pairs away on the top and bottom strands, respectively, to produce a 5' overhang. FokI is a bipartite endonuclease with separate recognition and cleavage domains. Because of its bipartite nature, FokI has received considerable(More)
DNA polymerase ε (Polε) is a multi-subunit polymerase that contributes to genomic stability via its roles in leading strand replication and the repair of damaged DNA. Polε from Saccharomyces cerevisiae is composed of four subunits--Pol2, Dpb2, Dpb3, and Dpb4. Here, we report the presence of a [Fe-S] cluster directly within the active polymerase domain of(More)
BslI restriction endonuclease cleaves the symmetric sequence CCN(7)GG (where N=A, C, G or T). The enzyme is composed of two subunits, alpha and beta, that form a heterotetramer (alpha(2)beta(2)) in solution. The alpha subunit is believed to be responsible for DNA recognition, while the beta subunit is thought to mediate cleavage. Here, for the first time,(More)
We report here the structure of BstYI, an "intermediate" type II restriction endonuclease with overlapping sequence specificities to BamHI and BglII. BstYI, a thermophilic endonuclease, recognizes and cleaves the degenerate hexanucleotide sequence 5'-RGATCY-3' (where R=A or G and Y=C or T), cleaving DNA after the 5'-R on each strand to produce four-base(More)
Type II restriction endonucleases (REases) are deoxyribonucleases that cleave DNA sequences with remarkable specificity. Type II REases are highly divergent in sequence as well as in topology, i.e. the connectivity of secondary structure elements. A widely held assumption is that a structural core of five beta-strands flanked by two alpha-helices is common(More)