InterPro : IPR023406

Name  DNA topoisomerase, type IA, active site Short Name  Topo_IA_AS
Type  Active_site Description  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 []. 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 [, ]. DNA topoisomerases are divided into two classes: type I enzymes (; topoisomerases I, III and V) break single-strand DNA, and type II enzymes (; topoisomerases II, IV and VI) break double-strand DNA [].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. DNA topoisomerase I () is one of the two types of enzyme that catalyze the interconversion of topological DNA isomers [, , ]. Type I topoisomerases act by catalyzing the transient breakage of DNA, one strand at a time, and the subsequent rejoining of the strands. When a prokaryotic type I topoisomerase breaks a DNA backbone bond, it simultaneously forms a protein-DNA link where the hydroxyl group of a tyrosine residue is joined to a 5'-phosphate on DNA, at one end of the enzyme-severed DNA strand. Prokaryotic organisms, such as Escherichia coli, have two type I topoisomerase isozymes: topoisomerase I (gene topA) and topoisomerase III (gene topB). Eukaroytes also contain homologues of prokaryotic topoisomerase III. The signature pattern of this entry contains a number of conserved residues and spans the active site tyrosine.

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First Author Title Year Journal Volume Pages
Roca J The mechanisms of DNA topoisomerases. 1995 Trends Biochem Sci 20 156-60
Champoux JJ DNA topoisomerases: structure, function, and mechanism. 2001 Annu Rev Biochem 70 369-413
Gadelle D Phylogenomics of type II DNA topoisomerases. 2003 Bioessays 25 232-42
Wang JC Cellular roles of DNA topoisomerases: a molecular perspective. 2002 Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 3 430-40
Sternglanz R DNA topoisomerases. 1989 Curr Opin Cell Biol 1 533-5
Sharma A DNA topoisomerases. 1995 Curr Opin Struct Biol 5 39-47

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