Abstract:DNA topoisomerase I relaxes supercoiled DNA by the formation of a covalent intermediate in which the active-site tyrosine is transiently bound to the cleaved DNA strand. The antineoplastic agent camptothecin specifically targets DNA topoisomerase I, and several mutations have been isolated that render the enzyme camptothecin-resistant. The catalytic and structural dynamical properties of a human DNA topoisomerase I mutant in which Ala-653 in the linker domain was mutated into Pro have been investigated. The mu… Show more
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