A new model for how O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase binds DNA

Roben A. Vora, Anthony E. Pegg, Steven E. Ealick

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

24 Scopus citations


Human methyltransferase (hAT) catalyzes the transfer of an alkyl group from the 6-position of guanine to an active site Cys residue. The physiological role of hAT is the repair of alkylated guanine residues in DNA. However, the repair of methylated or chloroethylated guanine bases negates the effects of certain chemotherapeutic agents. A model of how hAT binds DNA might be useful in the design of compounds that could inactivate hAT. We have used computer modeling studies to generate such a model. The model utilizes a helix-loop-wing DNA binding motif found in Mu transposase. The model incorporates a flipped out guanine base in order to bring the methylated oxygen atom close to the active site Cys residue. The model is consistent with a variety of chemical and biochemical data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-6
Number of pages4
JournalProteins: Structure, Function and Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'A new model for how O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase binds DNA'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this