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Cooperative interactions between bacteriophage P2 integrase and its accessory factors IHF and Cox
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology. (Elisabeth Haggård-Ljungquist)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology. (Elisabeth Haggård-Ljungquist)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology. (Elisabeth Haggård-Ljungquist)
2005 (English)In: Virology, ISSN 0042-6822, E-ISSN 1096-0341, Vol. 332, no 1, 284-294 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Bacteriophage P2 integrase (Int) mediates site-specific recombination leading to integration or excision of the phage genome in or out of the bacterial chromosome. Int belongs to the large family of tyrosine recombinases that have two different DNA recognition motifs binding to the arm and core sites, respectively, which are located within the phage attachment sites (attP). In addition to the P2 integrase, the accessory proteins Escherichia coli IHF and P2 Cox are needed for recombination. IHF is a structural protein needed for integration and excision by bending the DNA. As opposed to lambda, only one IHF site is found in P2 attP. P2 Cox controls the direction of recombination by inhibiting integration but being required for excision. In this work, the effects of accessory proteins on the capacity of Int to bind to its DNA recognition sequences are analyzed using electromobility shifts. P2 Int binds with low affinity to the arm site, and this binding is greatly enhanced by IHF. The arm binding domain of Int is located at the N-terminus. P2 Int binds with high affinity to the core site, and this binding is also enhanced by IHF. The fact that the cooperative binding of Int and IHF is strongly reduced by lengthening the distance between the IHF and core binding sites indicates that the distance between these sites may be important for cooperative binding. The Int and Cox proteins also bind cooperatively to attP.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 332, no 1, 284-294 p.
Keyword [en]
Bacteriophage, Site-specific recombination, Integrase, IHF, Cox, Directionality factor
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23610DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2004.11.015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-23610DiVA: diva2:193373
Available from: 2005-02-24 Created: 2005-02-24 Last updated: 2010-05-12Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Functional characterization of a phage integrase and its possible use in gene therapy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Functional characterization of a phage integrase and its possible use in gene therapy
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Bacteriophage P2 infecting Escherichia coli can integrate into the bacterial chromosome by site-specific recombination, which is catalyzed by the P2 Int recombinase. The recombination event takes place between the phage attachment site, attP, and the bacterial attachment site, attB. Once integrated into the host chromosome the P2 prophage is very stable since an additional phage protein, Cox, is required for excision. For both integration and excision, the host-encoded protein IHF is also required.

In this thesis, I have made a functional characterization of the P2 integrase and investigated its future potential as a tool for gene therapy. The P2 integrase was found to have cooperative interactions upon DNA binding with its accessory proteins, IHF and Cox. An N-terminal truncated Int protein retained these cooperative interactions, although it was disrupted in arm-binding. Moreover, the Int protein was found to form stable dimers in the absence of DNA, and the C-terminus and amino acid E197 was found to be important for dimerization. Dimerization was found to be essential for recombination, but dimerization deficient mutant proteins were able to bind as well as the wt protein to attP.

The P2 Int was found to mediate recombination with a human sequence at a low frequency. It was also found that the insertion of HMG-recognition boxes can substitute for the requirement of IHF for recombination in an eukaryotic cell extract and that the integrase protein is localized in the cell nucleus. Taken together, these results indicate that the P2 integrase could be of potential use in gene therapy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för genetik, mikrobiologi och toxikologi, 2005. 49 p.
National Category
Medical Genetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-397 (URN)91-7155-015-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-03-18, sal G, Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Svante Arrhenius väg 14-18, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2005-02-24 Created: 2005-02-24 Last updated: 2010-05-05Bibliographically approved
2. Developmental switches in a family of temperate phages
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developmental switches in a family of temperate phages
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

P2 is the prototype phage of the non-lambdoid P2 family of temperate phages. A developmental switch determines whether a temperate phage will grow lytically or form lysogeny after infection. P2 related phages have two face-to-face located promoters controlling the lysogenic and the lytic operon respectively, and two repressors. The immunity C repressor of P2 is the first gene of the lysogenic operon and it represses the lytic promoter. The Cox protein, the first gene of the lytic operon, is multifunctional. It represses the lysogenic promoter, acts as a directionality factor in site-specific recombination and activates the PLL promoter of satellite phage P4.

This thesis focuses on comparisons between the developmental switches of P2 and the two heteroimmune family members, P2 Hy dis and WΦ. A characterization of the developmental switch region of P2 Hy dis identifies a directly repeated sequence which is important for C repression. P2 Hy dis Cox can substitute for P2 Cox in repression of the P2 lysogenic promoter, excision of a P2 prophage and activation of P4 PLL. The P4 ε protein can derepress the developmental switch of P2 Hy dis.

Functional characterizations of the C repressors and Cox proteins of P2 and WΦ show that both C repressors induce bending of their respective DNA targets. WΦ C, like P2 C, has a strong dimerization activity in vivo, but there are no indications of higher oligomeric forms. Despite the high degree of identity in the C-terminus, required for dimerization in P2 C, they seem to be unable to form heterodimers. The two Cox proteins are predicted to have identical secondary structures containing a helix-turn-helix motif believed to be involved in DNA binding. It is, however, not possible to change the DNA specificity of P2 Cox to that of WΦ Cox by swapping the presumed recognition helix. P2 Cox recognizes a sequence repeated at least six times in the different targets, while WΦ Cox seems to recognize a single direct repeat. In contrast to P2 Cox, WΦ Cox binds with a stronger affinity to the switch region than to the attachment site (attP). The Cox proteins induce a strong bend in their DNA targets, strengthening the hypothesis that they have a structural role at site-specific recombination. Both proteins show a capacity to oligomerize, but P2 Cox has a higher tendency to form oligomers than WΦ Cox.

The P2 integrase mediates site-specific recombination leading to integration or excision of the P2 genome in or out of the host chromosome. P2 Cox controls the direction by inhibiting integration and promoting excision. In this work it is shown that Cox and Int bind cooperatively to attP.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för genetik, mikrobiologi och toxikologi, 2005. 77 p.
National Category
Genetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-644 (URN)91-7155-104-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-09-29, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2005-09-06 Created: 2005-09-06 Last updated: 2010-05-05Bibliographically approved
3. Site-Specific Recombination: Integrases, Accessory Factors and DNA Targets of P2-like Coliphages
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Site-Specific Recombination: Integrases, Accessory Factors and DNA Targets of P2-like Coliphages
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The temperate coliphage P2 and its family members integrate their genomes into the host Escherichia coli chromosome by a site-specific recombination mechanism to form lysogeny. Integration takes place between the complex phage attP site and the simple bacterial attB site and is catalyzed by the phage encoded integrase (Int). Similar to the archetype λ Int, the P2-like phage integrases are heterobivalent tyrosine recombinases which possess the ability to simultaneously bind two different and distant types of DNA sequences within the attP region. To bridge the core and the flanking arm-binding sites in attP, the integrase requires the assistance of accessory factors that bend the DNA; the host encoded IHF and the phage encoded Cox protein. Cox acts as a directionality factor by being required for integration but is inhibitory for the excisive reaction.

The purpose of this doctoral thesis has been to gain a more detailed knowledge of the site-specific recombination systems of phages P2 and WΦ, which are close relatives but integrate into different host targets. The future aim is to develop these systems for targeted integration into the genome of higher eukaryotes.

The P2 Int and an N-terminal truncation of the integrase were shown to bind cooperatively together with IHF or Cox to the DNA targets, however the N-truncated protein lost its ability to bind to the arm sequence. WΦ Cox was shown to bind cooperatively with WΦ Int to attP whereas the opposite was evident for WΦ Cox and IHF. The 27 nucleotides that are identical between the core and attB of phage P2 were investigated for their importance in binding and recombination. The right part of the core was shown to be the primary Int binding site where one single base substitution was shown to abolish P2 Int binding and recombination. An alanine scanning of the two predicted alpha-helices in the presumed core-binding domain of P2 Int was carried out in order to identify amino acids involved in binding to the core. An in vivo excisive assay and an in vivo integrative assay were used resulting in the identification of four amino acids as candidates for core-binding. The fact that the recombination reaction shows directionality renders the site-specific recombination systems of the P2-like phages attractive to develop as tools for safe and efficient non-viral gene delivery in humans. The wild-type P2 integrase was shown to accept a human attB sequence and localizes to the nucleus in human cell lines.

The work presented in this thesis has increased our understanding of the site-specific recombination systems of the phages P2 and WΦ and provides a basis for further characterization and development for future use in a eukaryotic context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology, Stockholm University, 2010. 51 p.
National Category
Genetics
Research subject
Molecular Genetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38914 (URN)978-91-7447-092-5 pp. 1-51 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-06-04, sal G, Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Svante Arrhenius väg 20 C, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Note
At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Manuscript. Paper 4: Manuscript.Available from: 2010-05-11 Created: 2010-05-04 Last updated: 2010-05-12Bibliographically approved

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