Summary information and primary citation

PDB-id
1kix; DSSR-derived features in text and JSON formats
Class
DNA binding protein-DNA
Method
X-ray (2.7 Å)
Summary
Dimeric structure of the o. nova telomere end binding protein alpha subunit with bound ssDNA
Reference
Peersen OB, Ruggles JA, Schultz SC (2002): "Dimeric structure of the Oxytricha nova telomere end-binding protein alpha-subunit bound to ssDNA." Nat.Struct.Biol., 9, 182-187.
Abstract
Telomeres are the specialized protein--DNA complexes that cap and protect the ends of linear eukaryotic chromosomes. The extreme 3' end of the telomeric DNA in Oxytricha nova is bound by a two-subunit sequence-specific and 3' end-specific protein called the telomere end-binding protein (OnTEBP). Here we describe the crystal structure of the alpha-subunit of OnTEBP in complex with T4G4 single-stranded telomeric DNA. This structure shows an (alpha--ssDNA)2 homodimer with a large approximately 7,000 A2 protein--protein interface in which the domains of alpha are rearranged extensively from their positions in the structure of an alpha--beta--ssDNA ternary complex. The (alpha--ssDNA)2 complex can bind two telomeres on opposite sides of the dimer and, thus, acts as a protein mediator of telomere--telomere associations. The structures of the (alpha--ssDNA)2 dimer presented here and the previously described alpha--beta--ssDNA complex demonstrate that OnTEBP forms multiple telomeric complexes that potentially mediate the assembly and disassembly of higher order telomeric structures.

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