Stalling of human DNA (cytosine-5) methyltransferase at single-strand conformers from a site of dynamic mutation.

Single-strand conformers (SSCs) from the C-rich strand of the triplet repeat at the FMR-1 locus are rapidly and selectively methylated by the human DNA (cytosine-5) methyltransferase. The apparent affinity of the enzyme for the FMR-1 SSC is about tenfold higher than it is for a control Watson-Crick paired duplex. The de novo methylation rate for the SSC is… CONTINUE READING