UvrD-like DNA helicase, C-terminal (IPR014017)

Short name: DNA_helicase_UvrD-like_C

Overlapping homologous superfamilies

Domain relationships



Helicases have been classified in 5 superfamilies (SF1-SF5) [PMID: 2546125]. All of the proteins bind ATP and, consequently, all of them carry the classical Walker A (phosphate-binding loop or P-loop), and Walker B (Mg2+-binding aspartic acid) motifs [PMID: 2546125]. For the two largest groups, commonly referred to as SF1 and SF2, a total of seven characteristic motifs have been identified [PMID: 2546125] which are distributed over two structural domains, an N-terminal ATP-binding domain and a C-terminal domain.

This entry represents the C-terminal domain.

UvrD-like DNA helicases belong to SF1, but they differ from classical SF1/SF2 by a large insertion in each domain. UvrD-like DNA helicases unwind DNA with a 3'-5' polarity [PMID: 10679457]. Crystal structures of several uvrD-like DNA helicases have been solved [PMID: 9288744, PMID: 10199404, PMID: 15538360]. They are monomeric enzymes consisting of two domains with a common alpha-beta RecA-like core. The ATP-binding site is situated in a cleft between the N terminus of the ATP-binding domain and the beginning of the C-terminal domain. The enzyme crystallizes in two different conformations (open and closed). The conformational difference between the two forms comprises a large rotation of the end of the C-terminal domain by approximately 130 degrees. This "domain swiveling" was proposed to be an important aspect of the mechanism of the enzyme [PMID: 10199404].

Some proteins that belong to the uvrD-like DNA helicase family are listed below:

  • Bacterial UvrD helicase. It is involved in the post-incision events of nucleotide excision repair and methyl-directed mismatch repair. It unwinds DNA duplexes with 3'-5' polarity with respect to the bound strand and initiates unwinding most effectively when a single-stranded region is present.
  • Gram-positive bacterial pcrA helicase, an essential enzyme involved in DNA repair and rolling circle replication. The Staphylococcus aureus pcrA helicase has both 5'-3' and 3'-5' helicase activities.
  • Bacterial rep proteins, a single-stranded DNA-dependent ATPase involved in DNA replication which can initiate unwinding at a nick in the DNA. It binds to the single-stranded DNA and acts in a progressive fashion along the DNA in the 3' to 5' direction.
  • Bacterial helicase IV (helD gene product). It catalyzes the unwinding of duplex DNA in the 3'-5' direction.
  • Bacterial recB protein. RecBCD is a multi-functional enzyme complex that processes DNA ends resulting from a double-strand break. RecB is a helicase with a 3'-5' directionality.
  • Fungal srs2 proteins, an ATP-dependent DNA helicase involved in DNA repair. The polarity of the helicase activity was determined to be 3'-5'.

GO terms

Biological Process

No terms assigned in this category.

Molecular Function

GO:0005524 ATP binding
GO:0016787 hydrolase activity

Cellular Component

No terms assigned in this category.

Contributing signatures

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