Signal Propagation in the ATPase Domain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA Gyrase from Dynamical-Nonequilibrium Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Bundit Kamsri, Pharit Kamsri, Auradee Punkvang, Aunlika Chimprasit, Patchreenart Saparpakorn, Supa Hannongbua, James Spencer, A Sofia F Oliveira*, Adrian J Mulholland*, Pornpan Pungpo*

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DNA gyrases catalyze negative supercoiling of DNA, are essential for bacterial DNA replication, transcription, and recombination, and are important antibacterial targets in multiple pathogens, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which in 2021 caused >1.5 million deaths worldwide. DNA gyrase is a tetrameric (A 2B 2) protein formed from two subunit types: gyrase A (GyrA) carries the breakage-reunion active site, whereas gyrase B (GyrB) catalyzes ATP hydrolysis required for energy transduction and DNA translocation. The GyrB ATPase domains dimerize in the presence of ATP to trap the translocated DNA (T-DNA) segment as a first step in strand passage, for which hydrolysis of one of the two ATPs and release of the resulting inorganic phosphate is rate-limiting. Here, dynamical-nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (D-NEMD) simulations of the dimeric 43 kDa N-terminal fragment of M. tuberculosis GyrB show how events at the ATPase site (dissociation/hydrolysis of bound nucleotides) are propagated through communication pathways to other functionally important regions of the GyrB ATPase domain. Specifically, our simulations identify two distinct pathways that respectively connect the GyrB ATPase site to the corynebacteria-specific C-loop, thought to interact with GyrA prior to DNA capture, and to the C-terminus of the GyrB transduction domain, which in turn contacts the C-terminal GyrB topoisomerase-primase (TOPRIM) domain responsible for interactions with GyrA and the centrally bound G-segment DNA. The connection between the ATPase site and the C-loop of dimeric GyrB is consistent with the unusual properties of M. tuberculosis DNA gyrase relative to those from other bacterial species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1493–1504
Number of pages12
Issue number11
Early online date14 May 2024
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2024

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