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MT-A70 is the S-adenosylmethionine-binding subunit of human mRNA:m6A methyl-transferase (MTase), an enzyme that sequence-specifically methylates adenines in pre-mRNAs. The physiological importance yet limited understanding of MT-A70 and its apparent lack of similarity to other known RNA MTases combined to make this protein an attractive target for(More)
Using algorithms for protein sequence analysis we predict that some of the canonical type II and type IIS restriction enzymes have an active site with a substantially different architecture and fold from the "typical" PD-(D/E)xK superfamily. These results suggest that they are related to nucleases from the HNH and GIY-YIG superfamilies.
UNLABELLED ΦLM21 is a temperate phage isolated from Sinorhizobium sp. strain LM21 (Alphaproteobacteria). Genomic analysis and electron microscopy suggested that ΦLM21 is a member of the family Siphoviridae. The phage has an isometric head and a long noncontractile tail. The genome of ΦLM21 has 50,827 bp of linear double-stranded DNA encoding 72 putative(More)
Two adjacent genes encoding DNA methyltransferases (MTases) of Neisseria gonorrhoeae MS11, an active N4-cytosine specific M. NgoMXV and an inactive 5-cytosine type M. NgoMorf2P, were cloned into Escherichia coli and sequenced. We analyzed the deduced amino acid sequence of both gene products and localized conserved regions characteristic for DNA MTases.(More)
A homolog of M.NgoMXV DNA:m4C methyltransferase has been identified among the open reading frames deduced from the genomic sequence of Listeria monocytogenes phage A118 [Loessner et al., 2000]. The gene coding for this putative protein has been cloned in Escherichia coli and its enzymatic activity in vivo in this host have been analyzed. Remarkably, despite(More)
Previous comparative studies revealed close similarity among various groups of S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet)-dependent methyltransferases (MTases), indicating their common evolutionary origin. We present evidence for a remarkable similarity between the sequence and predicted structure of HemK (a widespread family of putative proteins encoded in genomes(More)
DNA N4-cytosine methyltransferases (N4mC MTases) are a family of S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet)-dependent MTases. Members of this family were previously found to share nine conserved sequence motifs, but the evolutionary basis of these similarities has never been studied in detail. We performed phylogenetic analysis of 37 known and potential new family(More)
Restriction enzymes (REases) are commercial reagents commonly used in DNA manipulations and mapping. They are regarded as very attractive models for studying protein-DNA interactions and valuable targets for protein engineering. Their amino acid sequences usually show no similarities to other proteins, with rare exceptions of other REases that recognize(More)
Paracoccus aminophilus JCM 7686 is a methylotrophic α-Proteobacterium capable of utilizing reduced one-carbon compounds as sole carbon and energy source for growth, including toxic N,N-dimethylformamide, formamide, methanol, and methylamines, which are widely used in the industry. P. aminophilus JCM 7686, as many other Paracoccus spp., possesses a genome(More)