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Linkage of catalysis and 5′ end recognition in ribonuclease RNase J

DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkv732 DOI Help
PMID: 26253740 PMID Help

Authors: Xue-Yuan Pei (University of Cambridge) , Patricia Bralley (Emory University) , George H Jones (Emory University) , Ben Luisi (Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Nucleic Acids Research , VOL 43 (16) , PAGES 8066 - 8076

State: Published (Approved)
Published: September 2015
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 9537

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Abstract: In diverse bacterial species, the turnover and processing of many RNAs is mediated by the ribonuclease RNase J, a member of the widely occurring metallo-β-lactamase enzyme family. We present crystal structures of Streptomyces coelicolor RNase J with bound RNA in pre- and post-cleavage states, at 2.27 Å and 2.80 Å resolution, respectively. These structures reveal snapshots of the enzyme cleaving substrate directionally and sequentially from the 5′ terminus. In the pre-cleavage state, a water molecule is coordinated to a zinc ion pair in the active site but is imperfectly oriented to launch a nucleophilic attack on the phosphate backbone. A conformational switch is envisaged that enables the in-line positioning of the attacking water and may be facilitated by magnesium ions. Adjacent to the scissile bond, four bases are stacked in a tightly sandwiching pocket, and mutagenesis results indicate that this organization helps to drive processive exo-ribonucleolytic cleavage. Like its numerous homologues, S. coelicolor RNase J can also cleave some RNA internally, and the structural data suggest how the preference for exo- versus endo-cleavage mode is linked with recognition of the chemical status of the substrate's 5′ end.

Diamond Keywords: Enzymes; Bacteria

Subject Areas: Biology and Bio-materials

Instruments: I02-Macromolecular Crystallography , I04-1-Macromolecular Crystallography (fixed wavelength)

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Structural biology Life Sciences & Biotech

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Diffraction Macromolecular Crystallography (MX)