Holoenzyme assembly and ATP-mediated conformational dynamics of topoisomerase VI

Kevin D. Corbett, Piero Benedetti, James M. Berger

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Type II topoisomerases help disentangle chromosomes to facilitate cell division. To advance understanding of the structure and dynamics of these essential enzymes, we have determined the crystal structure of an archaeal type IIB topoisomerase, topo VI, at 4.0-Å resolution. The 220-kDa heterotetramer adopts a 'twin-gate' architecture, in which a pair of ATPase domains at one end of the enzyme is poised to coordinate DNA movements into the enzyme and through a set of DNA-cleaving domains at the other end. Small-angle X-ray scattering studies show that nucleotide binding elicits a major structural reorganization that is propagated to the enzyme's DNA-cleavage center, explaining how ATP is coupled to DNA capture and strand scission. These data afford important insights into the mechanisms of topo VI and related proteins, including type IIA topoisomerases and the Spo11 meiotic recombination endonuclease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-619
Number of pages9
JournalNature Structural and Molecular Biology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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