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Metal-binding sites at the active site of restriction endonuclease BamHI can conform to a one-ion mechanism

Letif Mones , István Simon and Monika Fuxreiter
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The number of metal ions required for phosphoryl transfer in restriction endonucleases is still an unresolved question in molecular biology. The two Ca2+ and Mn2+ ions observed in the pre- and post-reactive complexes of BamHI conform to the classical two-metal ion choreography. We probed the Mg2+ cofactor positions at the active site of BamHI by molecular dynamics simulations with one and two metal ions present and identified several catalytically relevant sites. These can mark the pathway of a single ion during catalysis, suggesting its critical role, while a regulatory function is proposed for a possible second ion.


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Published Online: 2007-01-10
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