The Archaeal protein RadA, a RecA/Rad51 homolog, is able to promote pairing and exchange of DNA strands with homologous sequences. Here, we have expressed, purified, and crystallized the catalytically active RadA protein from Sulfolobus solfataricus (Sso). Preliminary X-ray analysis indicated that Sso RadA protein likely forms helical filament in protein crystals. Using atomic force microscopy with a carbon nanotube (CNT) tip for high-resolution imaging, we demonstrated that Sso RadA protein indeed forms fine helical filaments up to 1 μm in length (∼10 nm pitch) in the absence of DNA and nucleotide cofactor. We also observed that Sso RadA protein helical filament could dissemble upon incubation with ssDNA, and then the proteins associate with ssDNA to form nucleoprotein filament.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 22 2004|
- Homologous recombination
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology