Purification and Characterization of SMARCAL1 Orthologs in an E. coli Expression System

  • Author / Creator
    Burkat, Michael
  • SWI/SNF-related, matrix-associated, actin-dependent regulator of chromatin, subfamily A-like 1 (SMARCAL1) is a SWI2/SNF2 chromatin remodeler. It reanneals stalled replication forks to maintain genome integrity. It contains HARP domains that are necessary for the annealing activity. This thesis pursues structural studies of SMARCAL1 to understand its molecular mechanism. We establish an efficient E. coli expression system for the production of R. norvegicus and C. elegans SMARCAL1 orthologs. High yield and purity of six R. norvegicus proteins was obtained. One full length and five truncation mutants were designed to conserve the helicase domain and at least one HARP. These purified proteins were characterized and compared to an insect cell expressed human SMARCAL1 protein. DNA binding was assessed and the purified proteins displayed the typical preferential binding to fork DNA substrates. However, we determined that the DNA-stimulated ATPase activity reached similar catalytic rates for both fork and double stranded DNA.

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    Fall 2013
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Lemieux, Joanne (Biochemistry)
    • MacMillan, Andrew (Biochemistry)
    • Montpetit, Ben (Cell Biology)