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Casta LJ , Buguliskis JS , Matsumoto Y , Taraschi TF
Expression and biochemical characterization of the Plasmodium falciparum DNA repair enzyme, flap endonuclease-1 (PfFEN-1)
Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology. 2008 Jan;157(1) :1-12
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Flap endonuclease-1 (FEN-1) is a structure-specific endonuclease that is critical for the resolution of single-stranded DNA flap intermediates that form during long patch DNA base excision repair (BER). This investigation reports that Plasmodium species encode FEN-1 homologs. Protein sequence analysis revealed the N and I domains of Plasmodium falciparum (PfFEN-1) and Plasmodium yoelii (PyFEN-1) to be homologous to FEN-1 from other species. However, each possessed an extended C domain which had limited homology to apicomplexan FEN-is and no homology to eukaryotic FEN-1s. A conserved proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA)-binding site was identified at an internal location rather than the extreme C-terminal location typically seen in FEN-1 from other organisms. The endonuclease and exonuclease activities of PfFEN-1 and PyFEN-1 were investigated using recombinant protein produced in Escherichia coli. Pf and PyFEN-1 possessed DNA structure-specific flap endonuclease and 5!
Casta, Louis J. Buguliskis, Jeffery S. Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Taraschi, Theodore F. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV