Branch migration of Holliday junctions promoted by the Escherichia coli RuvA and RuvB proteins: I. Comparison of RuvAB- and RuvB-mediated reactions

Berndt Marino Muller, I R TSANEVA, S C WEST

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The Escherichia coli RuvA and RuvB proteins mediate the branch migration of Holliday junctions in vitro. In the presence of stoichiometric amounts of RuvB (1 RuvB dimer/12 nucleotides), branch migration can occur without need for RuvA. However, RuvA is required when the RuvB concentration is reduced 4-fold or more. Under optimal conditions, we found the minimal protein requirement to be 1 RuvB dimer per 500-1100 nucleotides and 1 RuvA tetramer per 600-1200 nucleotides. To determine the roles of RuvA and RuvB in branch migration, we compared branch migration reactions mediated by RuvB only and by RuvA and RuvB. The time courses of the two reactions were similar, and both required ATP and Mg2+. However, RuvB-mediated branch migration occurred at lower ATP concentrations (greater-than-or-equal-to 200 muM) and higher Mg2+ concentrations (greater-than-or-equal-to 10 mM MgCl2) than the reaction mediated by RuvA and RuvB (greater-than-or-equal-to 1 mM ATP, greater-than-or-equal-to 5 mM MgCl2). The Mg2+ requirement for RuvB-mediated branch migration reflects the Mg2+ requirement of RuvB for DNA binding (Muller, B., Tsaneva, I. R., and West, S. C. (1993) J. Biol. Chem. 268, 17185-17189) and can be overcome by addition of RuvA. These results indicate that RuvA protein facilitates the interaction of RuvB with DNA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17179-17184
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 1993


  • DNA-repair
  • RECA protein
  • K-12 reveals
  • gene-product
  • recombination
  • resolution
  • purification
  • mutants
  • endonuclease
  • invitro

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