Unveiling the pathway to Z-DNA in the protein-induced B-Z transition

Sook Ho Kim, So Hee Lim, Ae Ree Lee, Do Hoon Kwon, Hyun Kyu Song, Joon Hwa Lee, Minhaeng Cho, Albert Johner, Nam Kyung Lee, Seok Cheol Hong

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Left-handed Z-DNA is an extraordinary conformation of DNA, which can form by special sequences under specific biological, chemical or physical conditions. Human ADAR1, prototypic Z-DNA binding protein (ZBP), binds to Z-DNA with high affinity. Utilizing single-molecule FRET assays for Z-DNA forming sequences embedded in a long inactive DNA, we measure thermodynamic populations of ADAR1-bound DNA conformations in both GC and TG repeat sequences. Based on a statistical physics model, we determined quantitatively the affinities of ADAR1 to both Z-form and B-form of these sequences. We also reported what pathways it takes to induce the B-Z transition in those sequences. Due to the high junction energy, an intermediate B state has to accumulate prior to the B-Z transition. Our study showing the stable B state supports the active picture for the protein-induced B-Z transition that occurs under a physiological setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4129-4137
Number of pages9
JournalNucleic acids research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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