Inhibition of Protein Interactions with the β2 Sliding Clamp of Escherichia coli DNA Polymerase III by Peptides from β2-Binding Proteins



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Wijffels, G., Dalrymple, B. P., Prosselkov, P., Kongsuwan, K., Epa, V. C., Lilley, P. E., Jergic, S., Buchardt, J., Brown, S. E., Alewood, P. F., Jennings, P. A. & Dixon, N. E. (2004). Inhibition of protein interactions with the beta2 sliding clamp of Escherichia coli DNA polymerase III by peptides derived from beta2-binding proteins. Biochemistry, 43 (19), 5661-5671.


The sliding clamp of the Escherichia coli replisome is now understood to interact with many proteins involved in DNA synthesis and repair. A universal interaction motif is proposed to be one mechanism by which those proteins bind the E. coli sliding clamp, a homodimer of the β subunit, at a single site on the dimer. The numerous β2-binding proteins have various versions of the consensus interaction motif, including a related hexameric sequence. To determine if the variants of the motif could contribute to the competition of the β-binding proteins for the β2 site, synthetic peptides derived from the putative β2-binding motifs were assessed for their abilities to inhibit protein−β2 interactions, to bind directly to β2, and to inhibit DNA synthesis in vitro. A hierarchy emerged, which was consistent with sequence similarity to the pentameric consensus motif, QL(S/D)LF, and peptides containing proposed hexameric motifs were shown to have activities comparable to those containing the consensus sequence. The hierarchy of peptide binding may be indicative of a competitive hierarchy for the binding of proteins to β2 in various stages or circumstances of DNA replication and repair.

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