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Title: Solution structure of the C-terminal domain of TFIIH P44 subunit reveals a novel type of C4C4 ring domain involved in protein-protein interactions.
Authors: Kellenberger, E
Dominguez, C
Fribourg, S
Wasielewski, E
Moras, D
Poterszman, A
Boelens, R
Kieffer, B
First Published: 27-May-2005
Citation: J BIOL CHEM, 2005, 280 (21), pp. 20785-20792
Abstract: The human general transcription factor TFIIH is involved in both transcription and DNA nucleotide excision repair. Among the 10 subunits of the complex, p44 subunit plays a crucial role in both mechanisms. Its N-terminal domain interacts with the XPD helicase, whereas its C-terminal domain is involved specifically in the promoter escape activity. By mutating an exposed and non-conserved cysteine residue into a serine, we produced a soluble mutant of p44-(321-395) suitable for solution structure determination. The domain adopts a C4C4 RING domain structure with sequential organization of beta-strands that is related to canonical RING domains by a circular permutation of the beta-sheet elements. Analysis of the molecular surface and mutagenesis experiments suggests that the binding of p44-(321-395) to TFIIH p34 subunit is not mediated by electrostatic interactions and, thus, differs from previously reported interaction mechanisms involving RING domains.
DOI Link: 10.1074/jbc.M412999200
ISSN: 0021-9258
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Biochemistry

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