The Crystal Structure of the Hinge Domain of the Escherichia coli Structural Maintenance of Chromosomes Protein MukB

Yinyin Li, Allyn J. Schoeffler, James M. Berger, Martha G. Oakley

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of molecular biology
Volume395
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 8 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • MukB
  • coiled coil
  • condensin
  • hinge
  • structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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