Richard P. Cunningham

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The 1.85 A crystal structure of endonuclease III, combined with mutational analysis, suggests the structural basis for the DNA binding and catalytic activity of the enzyme. Helix-hairpin-helix (HhH) and [4Fe-4S] cluster loop (FCL) motifs, which we have named for their secondary structure, bracket the cleft separating the two alpha-helical domains of the(More)
A cloned gene, designated nfo, caused overproduction of an EDTA-resistant endonuclease specific for apurinic-apyrimidinic sites in DNA. The sedimentation coefficient of the enzyme was similar to that of endonuclease IV. An insertion mutation was constructed in vitro and transferred from a plasmid to the Escherichia coli chromosome. nfo mutants had an(More)
Exposure of Escherichia coli strains deficient in molybdopterin biosynthesis (moa) to the purine base N-6-hydroxylaminopurine (HAP) is mutagenic and toxic. We show that moa mutants exposed to HAP also exhibit elevated mutagenesis, a hyperrecombination phenotype, and increased SOS induction. The E. coli rdgB gene encodes a protein homologous to a(More)
We have previously reported the identification of a DNA repair system in Escherichia coli for the prevention of the stable incorporation of noncanonical purine dNTPs into DNA. We hypothesized that the RdgB protein is active on 2'-deoxy-N-6-hydroxylaminopurine triphosphate (dHAPTP) as well as deoxyinosine triphosphate. Here we show that RdgB protein and RdgB(More)
The crystal structure of the DNA repair enzyme endonuclease III, which recognizes and cleaves DNA at damaged bases, has been solved to 2.0 angstrom resolution with an R factor of 0.185. This iron-sulfur [4Fe-4S] enzyme is elongated and bilobal with a deep cleft separating two similarly sized domains: a novel, sequence-continuous, six-helix domain (residues(More)
The repair of DNA requires the removal of abasic sites, which are constantly generated in vivo both spontaneously and by enzymatic removal of uracil, and of bases damaged by active oxygen species, alkylating agents and ionizing radiation. The major apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) DNA-repair endonuclease in Escherichia coli is the multifunctional enzyme(More)
Elemental analyses, Mössbauer, and EPR data are reported to show that endonuclease III of Escherichia coli is an iron-sulfur protein. Mössbauer spectra of protein freshly prepared from E. coli grown on 57Fe-enriched medium demonstrate that the native enzyme contains a single 4Fe-4S cluster in the 2+ oxidation state, with a net spin of zero. Upon treatment(More)
Endonuclease IV is the archetype for a conserved apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) endonuclease family that primes DNA repair synthesis by cleaving the DNA backbone 5' of AP sites. The crystal structures of Endonuclease IV and its AP-DNA complex at 1.02 and 1.55 A resolution reveal how an alpha8beta8 TIM barrel fold can bind dsDNA. Enzyme loops intercalate side(More)
Deamination of nucleobases in DNA and RNA results in the formation of xanthine (X), hypoxanthine (I), oxanine, and uracil, all of which are miscoding and mutagenic in DNA and can interfere with RNA editing and function. Among many forms of nucleic acid damage, deamination arises from several unrelated mechanisms, including hydrolysis, nitrosative chemistry,(More)
Two strains that overproduce endonuclease III were found in a colony bank containing hybrid ColE1-Escherichia coli plasmids. The enzyme was identified in crude extracts by the degradation of partially depyrimidinated DNA in the presence of EDTA, by its sedimentation velocity, and by its associated thymine glycol-DNA glycosylase activity. An insertion(More)