Steven W. Matson

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UvrD is a superfamily I DNA helicase with well documented roles in excision repair and methyl-directed mismatch repair (MMR) in addition to poorly understood roles in replication and recombination. The MutL protein is a homodimeric DNA-stimulated ATPase that plays a central role in MMR in Escherichia coli. This protein has been characterized as the master(More)
In all organisms, genetic information is locked within a double helix formed by the two antiparallel deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) strands. Although double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) is suitable for secure information storage, hydrogen bonds formed between complementary bases impair readout of this information by the cellular machineries that frequently require(More)
A partial duplex DNA substrate containing the Lac repressor binding site, within the duplex region, was constructed to examine the effect of bound Lac repressor on the unwinding reaction catalyzed by several DNA helicases. The substrate contained 90 base pairs of double-stranded DNA and, in the absence of Lac repressor, was effectively unwound by each of(More)
Recently the gene encoding a member of the RecQ helicase family, RecQ5, was cloned from the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster [J.J.Sekelsky, M.H.Brodsky, G.M. Rubin and R.S. Hawley (1999) Nucleic Acids Res., 27, 3762-3769]. The Drosophila RecQ5 transcript is alternatively spliced, like its human counterpart, to yield three protein isoforms. Two of these(More)
Site-directed mutagenesis has been employed to address the functional significance of the highly conserved aspartic and glutamic acid residues present in the Walker B (also called motif II) sequence in Escherichia coli DNA helicase II. Two mutant proteins, UvrDE221Q and UvrDD220NE221Q, were expressed and purified to apparent homogeneity. Biochemical(More)
The unwinding reaction catalyzed by the Escherichia coli Rep protein is stimulated by a small 15 kDa protein called Rep helicase stimulatory protein (RHSP)(1). The RHSP-stimulated unwinding reaction catalyzed by Rep protein proceeded at a rapid rate after a time lag of 1-2 min at 37 degrees C. This time lag was eliminated by preincubating RHSP with the DNA(More)
UvrD is a superfamily I DNA helicase with well documented roles in excision repair and methyl-directed mismatch repair (MMR) in addition to poorly understood roles in replication and recomb-ination. The MutL protein is a homodimeric DNA-stimulated ATPase that plays a central role in MMR in Escherichia coli. This protein has been characterized as the master(More)
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