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Motor Proteins in DNA Metabolism: Structures and Mechanisms

  1. Wlodzimierz Bujalowski

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003561

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How to Cite

Bujalowski, W. 2001. Motor Proteins in DNA Metabolism: Structures and Mechanisms. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

Abstract

Major processes of DNA metabolism such as replication, recombination and repair, require mechanical, vectorial translocation of enzymes along the nucleic acid. Enzymes involved in these processes, particularly helicases and polymerases, must possess motor protein capabilities to be able to perform their functions.

Keywords:

  • motor proteins;
  • protein machines;
  • DNA metabolism;
  • polymerases;
  • helicases