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DNA cytosine methylation is a widespread epigenetic mark. Biological effects of DNA methylation are mediated by the proteins that preferentially bind to 5-methylcytosine (5mC) in different sequence contexts. Until now two different structural mechanisms have been established for 5mC recognition in eukaryotes; however, it is still unknown how discrimination(More)
Compartmentalized self replication (CSR) is widely used for in vitro evolution of thermostable DNA polymerases able to perform PCR in emulsion. We have modified and adapted CSR technique for isothermal DNA amplification using mezophilic phi29 DNA polymerase and whole genome amplification (WGA) reaction. In standard CSR emulsified bacterial cells are(More)
Type IIS restriction endonucleases recognize asymmetric DNA sequences and cleave both DNA strands at fixed positions downstream of the recognition site. The restriction endonuclease BpuJI recognizes the asymmetric sequence 5'-CCCGT; however, it cuts at multiple sites in the vicinity of the target sequence. BpuJI consists of two physically separate domains,(More)
Type IIS restriction endonucleases (REases) recognize asymmetric DNA sequences and cleave both DNA strands at fixed positions downstream of the recognition site. REase BpuJI recognizes the asymmetric sequence 5'-CCCGT, however it cuts at multiple sites in the vicinity of the target sequence. We show that BpuJI is a dimer, which has two DNA binding surfaces(More)
A series of 4-[N-(substituted 4-pyrimidinyl)amino]benzenesulfonamides were designed and synthesised. Their binding potencies as inhibitors of selected recombinant human carbonic anhydrase (hCA) isozymes I, II, VII, and XIII were measured using isothermal titration calorimetry and the thermal shift assay. To determine the structural features of inhibitor(More)
Rif1 is a conserved protein that plays essential roles in orchestrating DNA replication timing, controlling nuclear architecture, telomere length and DNA repair. However, the relationship between these different roles, as well as the molecular basis of Rif1 function is still unclear. The association of Rif1 with insoluble nuclear lamina has thus far(More)
Ser/Thr phosphorylation in proteins is fundamental to signal transduction processes in cells. Malfunction of these processes contributes to the development and progress of diseases. The phosphorylation of proteins on Ser and Thr residues is mediated by protein Ser/Thr kinases, whereas protein Ser/Thr phosphatases (PSTPs) hydrolyze protein-bound(More)
Mammalian Rif1 is a key regulator of DNA replication timing, double-stranded DNA break repair, and replication fork restart. Dissecting the molecular functions of Rif1 is essential to understand how it regulates such diverse processes. However, Rif1 is a large protein that lacks well defined functional domains and is predicted to be largely intrinsically(More)
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