DNA topoisomerase, type IA, central region, subdomain 1 (IPR013824)

Short name: Topo_IA_cen_sub1

Domain relationships



DNA topoisomerases regulate the number of topological links between two DNA strands (i.e. change the number of superhelical turns) by catalysing transient single- or double-strand breaks, crossing the strands through one another, then resealing the breaks [PMID: 7770916]. These enzymes have several functions: to remove DNA supercoils during transcription and DNA replication; for strand breakage during recombination; for chromosome condensation; and to disentangle intertwined DNA during mitosis [PMID: 12042765, PMID: 11395412]. DNA topoisomerases are divided into two classes: type I enzymes (EC:; topoisomerases I, III and V) break single-strand DNA, and type II enzymes (EC:; topoisomerases II, IV and VI) break double-strand DNA [PMID: 12596227].

Type I topoisomerases are ATP-independent enzymes (except for reverse gyrase), and can be subdivided according to their structure and reaction mechanisms: type IA (bacterial and archaeal topoisomerase I, topoisomerase III and reverse gyrase) and type IB (eukaryotic topoisomerase I and topoisomerase V). These enzymes are primarily responsible for relaxing positively and/or negatively supercoiled DNA, except for reverse gyrase, which can introduce positive supercoils into DNA.

Type IA topoisomerases are comprised of four domains that together form a toroidal structure with a central hole large enough to accommodate single- and double-stranded DNA: an N-terminal alpha/beta Toprim domain, domain 2 and the C-terminal domain 4 are winged-helix domains, and domain 3 is a beta-barrel. Domains 1 (Toprim) and 3 form the active site of the enzyme, while the winged helix domains 2 and 4 form a single-strand DNA-binding groove [PMID: 14604525, PMID: 10574789]. This entry represents the alpha-bundle subdomain 1 of the central region of topoisomerase type IA enzymes, where the central region covers both domains 2 and 3.

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