Reference: Gong C, et al. (2004) Biochemical and genetic analysis of the four DNA ligases of mycobacteria. J Biol Chem 279(20):20594-606

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis encodes an NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligase (LigA) plus three distinct ATP-dependent ligase homologs (LigB, LigC, and LigD). Here we purify and characterize the multiple DNA ligase enzymes of mycobacteria and probe genetically whether the ATP-dependent ligases are required for growth of M. tuberculosis. We find significant differences in the reactivity of mycobacterial ligases with a nicked DNA substrate, whereby LigA and LigB display vigorous nick sealing activity in the presence of NAD(+) and ATP, respectively, whereas LigC and LigD, which have ATP-specific adenylyltransferase activity, display weak nick joining activity and generate high levels of the DNA-adenylate intermediate. All four of the mycobacterial ligases are monomeric enzymes. LigA has a low K(m) for NAD(+) (1 microm) and is sensitive to a recently described pyridochromanone inhibitor of NAD(+)-dependent ligases. LigA is able to sustain growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in lieu of the essential yeast ligase Cdc9, but LigB, LigC, and LigD are not. LigB is distinguished by its relatively high K(m) for ATP (0.34 mm) and its dependence on a distinctive N-terminal domain for nick joining. None of the three ATP-dependent ligases are essential for mycobacterial growth. M. tuberculosis ligDDelta cells are defective in nonhomologous DNA end joining.

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Gong C, Martins A, Bongiorno P, Glickman M, Shuman S
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