Escherichia coli contains two thioredoxins, Trx1 and Trx2, and a thioredoxin-like protein, YbbN, that displays both redox and chaperone properties. Since three out of the six proteins of the YbbN interactome (Butland et al., 2005) are components of DNA polymerase 3 holoenzyme (i.e. the β-clamp DnaN, the θ subunit HolE and the δ' subunit HolB), we investigated whether the ybbN mutant presents DNA replication defects. We found that this mutant incorporates 3H-thymidine at higher rates than the parental strain and displays overinitiation, hypermutator and filamentation phenotypes with the occurrence of anucleated cells. Moreover, YbbN functions as a bona fide chaperone in the refolding of the urea-unfolded β-clamp. These results suggest that the DNA replication and cell division defects of the ybbN mutant might best be explained by chaperone functions of YbbN in the biogenesis of DNA polymerase 3 holoenzyme.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 4 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology