Transient DNA binding by a proteolytic peptide from m5C-DNA methyltransferase MspI.


A peptide fragment (p26) generated as a result of limited tryptic proteolysis of methyltransferase MspI retains transient but non-specific DNA binding capability. The transient DNA binding by p26 was characterized with respect to physicochemical factors. Limited proteolysis was performed to probe gross structural deviation from the reported two-domain organization for m5C-MTases, in light of topoisomerase activity shown by MspI, resulted in two peptide fragments; a large fragment p26 and a small fragment p18, consistent with the other reported m5C-MTase structures. The purified large peptide fragment p26, spans between 6 and 251 in the amino acid sequence of M.MspI. The peptide p26 does not bind S-adenosylmethionine, although in the intact protein the AdoMet binding region can be mapped to a region in the protein that is present in this peptide. Such transient DNA binding has not been reported for other protolytic product of any other m5C-DNA methyltransferase.

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@article{Bhattacharya2002TransientDB, title={Transient DNA binding by a proteolytic peptide from m5C-DNA methyltransferase MspI.}, author={Sanjoy K Bhattacharya and Ashok K. Dubey}, journal={Journal of biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics : JBMBB : the official journal of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists}, year={2002}, volume={6 5}, pages={357-64} }