The existence of retroviral reverse transcriptases as monomers or dimers is rather intriguing. A classical example of the former is murine leukemia virus reverse transcriptase (MuLV RT), while human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RT represents the latter. A careful scrutiny of the amino acid sequence alignment of the two enzymes pinpoints the region tentatively responsible for this phenomenon. We report here the construction of a chimeric enzyme containing the first 425 amino acid residues from the N- terminal domain of HIV-1 RT and 200 amino acid residues from the C-terminal domain of MuLV RT. The chimeric enzyme exists as a monomer with intact DNA polymerase and RNase-H functions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Apr 17 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology