Crystal structure of Hop2-Mnd1 and mechanistic insights into its role in meiotic recombination.
Bottom Line: One end of the rod is linked to two juxtaposed winged-helix domains, and the other end is capped by extra α-helices to form a helical bundle-like structure.Deletion analysis shows that the helical bundle-like structure is sufficient for interacting with the Dmc1-ssDNA nucleofilament, and molecular modeling suggests that the curved rod could be accommodated into the helical groove of the nucleofilament.Remarkably, the winged-helix domains are juxtaposed at fixed relative orientation, and their binding to DNA is likely to perturb the base pairing according to molecular simulations.
Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, KAIST Institute for the Biocentury, Cancer Metastasis Control Center, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-701, Korea.Show MeSH
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Mentions: The heterodimeric complex of full-length G. lamblia Hop2 (231 residues) and Mnd1 (203 residues) was crystallized subsequently. Nearly all the crystals exhibited very high anisotropic mosaicity, which was likely to arise from weak crystal packing interactions and intrinsic flexibility of the Hop2–Mnd1 heterodimer as described below. After extensive crystal screening to collect suitable X-ray data sets, the structure of Hop2–Mnd1 was determined by the single wavelength anomalous dispersion method using a selenomethionine-derivatized crystal (Table 1). A total of 14 methionine positions in the heterodimer facilitated chain tracing. The asymmetric unit of the crystal contained three copies of Hop2–Mnd1. Only one Hop2–Mnd1 heterodimer, referred to as Heterodimer I, exhibited electron densities for nearly the entire length of the molecules. This copy is used for the following structural description (Figure 1A).
Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, KAIST Institute for the Biocentury, Cancer Metastasis Control Center, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-701, Korea.