Structural elucidation of the binding and inhibitory properties of lanthanide (III) ions at the 3'-5' exonucleolytic active site of the Klenow fragment.


BACKGROUND: Biochemical and biophysical experiments have shown that two catalytically essential divalent metal ions (termed 'A' and 'B') bind to the 3'-5' exonuclease active site of the Klenow fragment (KF) of Escherichia coli DNA polymerase I. X-ray crystallographic studies have established the normal positions in the KF 3'-5' exonuclease (KF exo) active site of the two cations and the single-stranded DNA substrate. Lanthanide (III) luminescence studies have demonstrated, however, that only a single europium (III) ion (Eu3+) binds to the KF exo active site. Furthermore, Eu3+ does not support catalysis by KF exo or several other two-metal-ion phosphoryl-transfer enzymes. RESULTS: A crystal structure of KF complexed with both Eu3+ and substrate single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide shows that a lone Eu3+ is bound near to metal-ion site A. Comparison of this structure to a relevant native structure reveals that the bound Eu3+ causes a number of changes to the KF exo active site. The scissile phosphate of the substrate is displaced from its normal position by about 1 A when Eu3+ is bound and the presence of Eu3+ in the active site precludes the binding of the essential metal ion B. CONCLUSIONS: The substantial, lanthanide-induced differences in metal-ion and substrate binding to KF exo account for the inhibition of this enzyme by Eu3+. These changes also explain the inability of KF exo to bind more than one cation in the presence of lanthanides. The mechanistic similarity between KF exo and other two-metal-ion phosphoryl-transfer enzymes suggests that the principles of lanthanide (III) ion binding and inhibition ascertained from this study will probably apply to most members of this class of enzymes.



Structure and Structure/Function


new topics/pols set partial results complete validated


Polymerase Reference Property Result Context
Klenow fragment Brautigam CA1999 Other Important Residues Eu3+ at exo site

Entry validated by:


Log in to edit reference All References

Using Polbase tables:


Tables may be sorted by clicking on any of the column titles. A second click reverses the sort order. <Ctrl> + click on the column titles to sort by more than one column (e.g. family then name).


It is also possible to filter the table by typing into the search box above the table. This will instantly hide lines from the table that do not contain your search text.