A surface plasmon resonance study of the intermolecular interaction between Escherichia coli topoisomerase I and pBAD/Thio supercoiled plasmid DNA

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014 Mar 7;445(2):445-50. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.02.015. Epub 2014 Feb 12.


To date, the bacterial DNA topoisomerases are one of the major target biomolecules for the discovery of new antibacterial drugs. DNA topoisomerase regulates the topological state of DNA, which is very important for replication, transcription and recombination. The relaxation of negatively supercoiled DNA is catalyzed by bacterial DNA topoisomerase I (topoI) and this reaction requires Mg(2+). In this report, we first quantitatively studied the intermolecular interactions between Escherichia coli topoisomerase I (EctopoI) and pBAD/Thio supercoiled plasmid DNA using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique. The equilibrium dissociation constant (Kd) for EctopoI-pBAD/Thio interactions was determined to be about 8 nM. We then studied the effect of Mg(2+) on the catalysis of EctopoI-pBAD/Thio reaction. A slightly higher equilibrium dissociation constant (~15 nM) was obtained for Mg(2+) coordinated EctopoI (Mg(2+)EctopoI)-pBAD/Thio interactions. In addition, we observed a larger dissociation rate constant (kd) for Mg(2+)EctopoI-pBAD/Thio interactions (~0.043 s(-1)), compared to EctopoI-pBAD/Thio interactions (~0.017 s(-1)). These results suggest that enzyme turnover during plasmid DNA relaxation is enhanced due to the presence of Mg(2+) and furthers the understanding of importance of the Mg(2+) ion for bacterial topoisomerase I catalytic activity.

Keywords: Bacterial topoisomerase I; Capture covalent method; Equilibrium dissociation constant; Supercoiled plasmid DNA; Surface plasmon resonance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA Topoisomerases, Type I / metabolism*
  • DNA, Superhelical / metabolism*
  • Escherichia coli / enzymology*
  • Magnesium / metabolism
  • Plasmids / metabolism*
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance


  • DNA, Superhelical
  • DNA Topoisomerases, Type I
  • Magnesium