Fluorescence-free quantification of protein/nucleic-acid binding through single-molecule kinetic locking

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

bioRxiv preprint server (2020)

DOI:

10.1101/2020.09.30.321232

Abstract:

Fluorescence-free micro-manipulation of nucleic acids (NA) allows the functional characterization of DNA/RNA processing proteins, without the interference of labels, but currently fails to detect and quantify their binding. To overcome this limitation, we developed a new method based on single-molecule force spectroscopy, called kinetic locking, that allows a direct in vitro visualization of protein binding while avoiding any kind of chemical disturbance of the protein’s natural function. We validate kinetic locking by measuring accurately the hybridization energy of ultrashort nucleotides (5,6,7 bases) and use it to measure the dynamical interactions of E. coli RecQ helicase with its DNA substrate.Competing Interest StatementThe authors have declared no competing interest.