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DNA binding and cleavage fragment of yeast topoisomerase II
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DNA binding and cleavage fragment of yeast topoisomerase II

June 14, 2010
DNA binding and cleavage fragment of yeast topoisomerase II Model for the DNA binding and cleavage fragment of yeast topoisomerase II (blue/red spheres) bound to a separated DNA strand (green spheres). One protomer is shaded darker than the other to highlight the protein's two subunits. A second DNA (viewed end-on, yellow sticks) is modeled into a large internal hole present in the enzyme. This figure represents a likely conformational and substrate-bound intermediate of this region of the topoisomerase during its duplex DNA passage reaction. This research was performed in the lab of Dr. James Berger, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Research in Dr. Berger's lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of protein assembly and function. In particular, we aim to develop mechanistic models that explain how proteins physically exploit shape and chemistry to form large complexes and transduce energy into work. The primary focus of my group's investigations is on proteins that replicate, manipulate, and organize nucleic acids in the cell, and on metabolic enzymes required for maintaining nucleic acids in the pathogenic bacterium, M. tuberculosis. A combination of structural analyses, such as X-ray crystallography, small-angle X-ray scattering and EM, coupled with biphysical and biochemical experimentation, forms the core of our methodological approach. (Date of Image: 1995)


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