Baharoglu, Z; Bradley, AS; Le Masson, M; Tsaneva, I; Michel, B; (2008) ruvA Mutants that resolve Holliday junctions but do not reverse replication forks. PLoS Genetics , 4 (3) , Article e1000012 . 10.1371/journal.pgen.1000012.
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RuvAB and RuvABC complexes catalyze branch migration and resolution of Holliday junctions (HJs) respectively. In addition to their action in the last steps of homologous recombination, they process HJs made by replication fork reversal, a reaction which occurs at inactivated replication forks by the annealing of blocked leading and lagging strand ends. RuvAB was recently proposed to bind replication forks and directly catalyze their conversion into HJs. We report here the isolation and characterization of two separation-of-function ruvA mutants that resolve HJs, based on their capacity to promote conjugational recombination and recombinational repair of UV and mitomycin C lesions, but have lost the capacity to reverse forks. In vivo and in vitro evidence indicate that the ruvA mutations affect DNA binding and the stimulation of RuvB helicase activity. This work shows that RuvA's actions at forks and at HJs can be genetically separated, and that RuvA mutants compromised for fork reversal remain fully capable of homologous recombination.
|Title:||ruvA Mutants that resolve Holliday junctions but do not reverse replication forks|
|Open access status:||An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.|
|Additional information:||© 2008 Baharoglu et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences|
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