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Andrake MD , Skalka AM
Multimerization Determinants Reside in Both the Catalytic Core and C-Terminus of Avian-Sarcoma Virus Integrase
Journal of Biological Chemistry. 1995 Dec 8;270(49) :29299-29306
PMID: ISI:A1995TJ22700043   
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We have shown previously that the active form of avian sarcoma virus integrase (ASV IN) is a multimer. In this report we investigate IN multimerization properties by a variety of methods that include size exclusion chromatography, chemical cross-linking, and protein overlay assays. We show that removal of the nonconserved C-terminal region of IN results in a reduced capacity for multimerization, whereas deletion of the first 38 amino acids has little effect on the oligomeric state. Binding of a full-length IN fusion protein to various IN fragments indicates that sequences in both the catalytic core (residues 50-207) and a C-terminal region (residues 201-240) contribute to IN self-association. We also observe that the isolated C-terminal fragment (residues 201-286) is capable of self-association. Finally, a single amino acid substitution in the core domain (S85G) produces a severe defect in multimerization. We conclude from these analyses that both the catalytic core and a region in the nonconserved C terminus are involved in ASV integrase multimerization. These results enhance our understanding of integrase self-association determinants and define a major role of the C-terminal region of Am integrase in this process.
Times Cited: 35 Article TJ227 J BIOL CHEM