A unique loop in the DNA-binding crevice of bacteriophage T7 DNA polymerase influences primer utilization.

The three-dimensional structure of bacteriophage T7 DNA polymerase reveals the presence of a loop of 4 aa (residues 401-404) within the DNA-binding groove; this loop is not present in other members of the DNA polymerase I family. A genetically altered T7 DNA polymerase, T7 polDelta401-404, lacking these residues, has been characterized biochemically. The… (More)