The effect of the 3',5' thiophosphoryl linkage on the exonuclease activities of T4 polymerase and the Klenow fragment

Nucleic Acids Res. 1984 Jul 25;12(14):5897-911. doi: 10.1093/nar/12.14.5897.


The 3'----5' exonuclease activities of T4 DNA polymerase and the Klenow fragment of Polymerase I towards the phosphoryl and thiophosphoryl 3',5' linkage were examined under comparable conditions of idling-turnover, duplex hydrolysis and turnover during polymerization. With the T4 enzyme there is a negligible effect of thiosubstitution on these activities; with the Klenow fragment there is a greater than one hundred-fold reduction in rate with the thiolinkage for the exonuclease but not polymerization activities. This inability to hydrolyze rapidly the thiophosphoryl linkage extends to the hydrolytic activity of Exonuclease III. The quantitation of the exonuclease activities of these three proteins under various conditions should aid in the successful employment of thiophosphoryl nucleoside triphosphates for their incorporation into DNA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • DNA Polymerase I / metabolism
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase / metabolism*
  • Escherichia coli / enzymology
  • Exonucleases / metabolism*
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism
  • T-Phages / enzymology


  • Peptide Fragments
  • DNA Polymerase I
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase
  • Exonucleases