MukB, a divergent structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC) protein, is important for chromosomal segregation and condensation in γ-proteobacteria. MukB and canonical SMC proteins share a characteristic five-domain structure. Globular N- and C-terminal domains interact to form an ATP-binding cassette-like ATPase or "head" domain, which is connected to a smaller dimerization or "hinge" domain by a long, antiparallel coiled coil. In addition to mediating dimerization, this hinge region has been implicated in both conformational flexibility and dynamic protein-DNA interactions. We report here the first crystallographic model of the MukB hinge domain. This model also contains approximately 20% of the coiled-coil domain, including an unusual coiled-coil deviation. These results will facilitate studies to clarify the roles of both the hinge and the coiled-coil domains in MukB function.
- coiled coil
- structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology