Intrinsic ssDNA annealing activity in the C-terminal region of WRN

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Muftuoglu M. , Kulikowicz T., Beck G., Lee J. W. , Piotrowski J., Bohr V. A.

BIOCHEMISTRY, vol.47, no.39, pp.10247-10254, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 39
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/bi800807n
  • Title of Journal : BIOCHEMISTRY
  • Page Numbers: pp.10247-10254


Werner syndrome (WS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder in humans characterized by premature aging and genetic instability. WS is caused by mutations in the WRN gene, which encodes a member of the RecQ family of DNA helicases. Cellular and biochemical studies suggest that WRN plays roles in DNA replication, DNA repair, telomere maintenance, and homologous recombination and that WRN has multiple enzymatic activities including 3' to 5' exonuclease, 3' to 5' helicase, and ssDNA annealing. The goal of this study was to map and further characterize the ssDNA annealing activity of WRN. Enzymatic studies using truncated forms of WRN identified a C-terminal 79 amino acid region between the RQC and the HRDC domains (aa1072-1150) that is required for ssDNA annealing activity. Deletion of the region reduced or eliminated ssDNA annealing activity of the WRN protein. Furthermore, the activity appears to correlate with DNA binding and oligomerization status of the protein.