Clamp loaders place circular sliding clamp proteins onto DNA so that clamp-binding partner proteins can synthesize, scan, and repair the genome. DNA with nicks or small single-stranded gaps are common clamp-loading targets in DNA repair, yet these substrates would be sterically blocked given the known mechanism for binding of primer-template DNA. Here, we report the discovery of a second DNA binding site in the yeast clamp loader Replication Factor C (RFC) that aids in binding to nicked or gapped DNA. This DNA binding site is on the external surface and is only accessible in the open conformation of RFC. Initial DNA binding at this site thus provides access to the primary DNA binding site in the central chamber. Furthermore, we identify that this site can partially unwind DNA to create an extended single-stranded gap for DNA binding in RFC's central chamber and subsequent ATPase activation. Finally, we show that deletion of the BRCT domain, a major component of the external DNA binding site, results in defective yeast growth in the presence of DNA damage where nicked or gapped DNA intermediates occur. We propose that RFC’s external DNA binding site acts to enhance DNA binding and clamp loading, particularly at DNA architectures typically found in DNA repair.
The reported cryo-EM map and atomic coordinates have been deposited in the Electron Microscopy Data Bank (entry numbers EMD-26280EMD-26298EMD-26302EMD-26297) and the Protein Data Bank (ID codes 7U1A, 7U1P, 7U19).
RFC:PCNA bound to dsDNA with a ssDNA gap of six nucleotidesPDB 7U1A, EMD-26298.
RFC:PCNA bound to DNA with a ssDNA gap of five nucleotidesPDB 7U1P, EMD-26302.
RFC:PCNA bound to nicked DNAPDB 7U19, EMD-26297.
- Brian A Kelch
- Christl Gaubitz
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- Bruce Stillman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, United States
- Received: January 31, 2022
- Accepted: June 21, 2022
- Accepted Manuscript published: June 22, 2022 (version 1)
© 2022, Liu et al.
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