DnaA forms a homomultimeric complex with the origin of chromosomal replication (oriC) to unwind duplex DNA. The interaction of the DnaA N terminus with the DnaB helicase is crucial for the loading of DnaB onto the unwound region. Here, we determined the DnaA N terminus structure using NMR. This region (residues 1-108) consists of a rigid region (domain I) and a flexible region (domain II). Domain I has an α-α-β-β-α-β motif, similar to that of the K homology (KH) domain, and has weak affinity for oriC single-stranded DNA, consistent with KH domain function. A hydrophobic surface carrying Trp-6 most likely forms the interface for domain I dimerization. Glu-21 is located on the opposite surface of domain I from the Trp-6 site and is crucial for DnaB helicase loading. These findings suggest a model for DnaA homomultimer formation and DnaB helicase loading on oriC.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology