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Yang M.,CAS Chengdu Institute of Biology | Yang M.,Key Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of Sichuan Province | Yang M.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | Wang G.,CAS Chengdu Institute of Biology | Wang G.,Key Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of Sichuan Province
Analytical Biochemistry | Year: 2016

The DnaB helicase from Bacillus stearothermophilus (DnaBBst) was a model protein for studying the bacterial DNA replication. In this work, a non-radioactive method for measuring ATPase activity of DnaBBst helicase was described. The working parameters and conditions were optimized. Furthermore, this method was applied to investigate effects of DnaG primase, ssDNA and helicase loader protein (DnaI) on ATPase activity of DnaBBst. Our results showed this method was sensitive and efficient. Moreover, it is suitable for the investigation of functional interaction between DnaB and related factors. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.

Xie T.,CAS Chengdu Institute of Biology | Xie T.,Key Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of Sichuan Province | Xie T.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | Liu Z.,CAS Chengdu Institute of Biology | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Structural Biology | Year: 2015

Laccases can oxidize plenty of substrates by use of molecular oxygen as the final electron acceptor. The broad substrate spectrum is further expanded by using redox mediators in so-called laccase-mediator systems, but the structural studies on interactions between laccases and natural mediators are still absent. In this study, the crystal structure of CotA/sinapic acid complex is solved, structural comparison has revealed a novel substrate binding mode. The residue of His419 instead of His497 is bonding to the sinapic acid (SA) as the primary electron acceptor. Moreover, the binding of SA leads to 10° rotation on Arg416, our mutagenesis data exhibits that the residue Arg416 is crucial in the oxidation of 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS) and syringaldazine (SGZ). Furthermore, oxidation of several phenolic acids and one non-phenolic acid by CotA was investigated. By analyzing interactions between CotA and SA, it is indicated that the presence of methoxy groups in the ortho-position of the phenolic structure is crucial for the substrate recognition by CotA laccase. This work establishes structure-function relationships for laccase-natural mediator system. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.

Liu Z.,CAS Chengdu Institute of Biology | Liu Z.,Key Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of Sichuan Province | Xie T.,CAS Chengdu Institute of Biology | Xie T.,Key Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of Sichuan Province | And 5 more authors.
Acta Crystallographica Section:F Structural Biology Communications | Year: 2016

The CotA laccase from Bacillus subtilis is an abundant component of the spore outer coat and has been characterized as a typical laccase. The crystal structure of CotA complexed with 2,2-azinobis-(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonate) (ABTS) in a hole motif has been solved. The novel binding site was about 26 Å away from the T1 binding pocket. Comparison with known structures of other laccases revealed that the hole is a specific feature of CotA. The key residues Arg476 and Ser360 were directly bound to ABTS. Site-directed mutagenesis studies revealed that the residues Arg146, Arg429 and Arg476, which are located at the bottom of the novel binding site, are essential for the oxidation of ABTS and syringaldazine. Specially, a Thr480Phe variant was identified to be almost 3.5 times more specific for ABTS than for syringaldazine compared with the wild type. These results suggest this novel binding site for ABTS could be a potential target for protein engineering of CotA laccases. © 2016 Liu et al.

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