Biochemical Characterization of Human Exonuclease 1 Protein-protein Interactions
Human Exonuclease 1 (Exo1) plays important roles in numerous DNA metabolic/repair pathways including DNA mismatch repair, DNA double strand break repair, Okazaki fragment maturation etc. The nuclease activity of Exo1 is tightly regulated in vivo. The regulation of Exo1 in different pathways is achieved by interactions with different protein partners. The focus of this dissertation will be on characterization of Exo1 interactions with traditional protein partners and providing experimental evidences for new Exo1 interactions.
Molecular cloning, biochemical assays, collaborative nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray crystallography have been employed to study Exo1 interactions with protein partners. This work contains: (i) the experimental evidence for new Exo1 interactions, and (ii) the detailed characterization of Exo1 interactions with PCNA, MLH1 and MutSα/β.
Taken together, the research progress presented in this dissertation further advances our understanding of traditional Exo1 interaction network and probably provides new insights to new functions and new regulations of Exo1.
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