Distinct effects of the UvrD helicase on topoisomerase-quinolone-DNA ternary complexes

Molly E. Shea, Hiroshi Hiasa

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Quinolone antibacterial drugs target both DNA gyrase (Gyr) and topoisomerase IV (Topo IV) and form topoisomerase-quinolone-DNA ternary complexes. The formation of ternary complexes results in the inhibition of DNA replication and leads to the generation of double-strand breaks and subsequent cell death. Here, we have studied the consequences of collisions between the UvrD helicase and the ternary complexes formed with either Gyr, Topo IV, or a mutant Gyr, Gyr (A59), which does not wrap the DNA strand around itself. We show (i) that Gyr-norfloxacin (Norf)-DNA and Topo IV-Norf- DNA, but not Gyr (A59)-Norf-DNA, ternary complexes inhibit the UvrD-catalyzed strand-displacement activity, (ii) that a single-strand break is generated at small portions of the ternary complexes upon their collisions with UvrD, and (iii) that the majority of Topo IV-Norf-DNA ternary complexes become nonreversible when UvrD collides with the Topo IV-Norf-DNA ternary complexes, whereas the majority of Gyr-Norf-DNA ternary complexes remain reversible after their collision with the UvrD helicase. These results indicated that different DNA repair mechanisms might be involved in the repair of Gyr-Norf- DNA and Topo IV-Norf-DNA ternary complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14649-14658
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 12 2000


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