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Enzymes are proteins biological catalysts help drive biochemical reactions

Enzyme names end with an ase (eg., endonuclease)

Restriction Endonucleases
Also called restriction enzymes 1962: molecular scissors discovered in in bacteria

E. coli bacteria have an enzymatic immune system that recognizes and destroys foreign DNA
3,000 enzymes have been identified, around 200 have unique properties, many are purified and available commercially

Restriction Enzymes

Restriction Endonucleases

Restriction endonucleases RESTRICT viruses

Viral genome is destroyed upon entry

Restriction endonuclease = Restriction enzymes

Endo (inside), nuclease (cuts nucleic acid)

Restriction endonuclease recognizes a short and specific DNA sequence and cuts it from inside.
The specific DNA sequence is called recognition sequence



Smith and Nathans (1973) proposed enzyme naming scheme

three-letter acronym for each enzyme derived from

the source organism First letter from genus Next two letters represent species Additional letter or number represent the strain or serotypes

For example. the enzyme HindII was isolated from Haemophilus influenzae serotype d.


Restriction Endonucleases
Named for bacterial genus, species, strain, and type

Example: EcoR1 Genus: Escherichia Species: coli Strain: R Order discovered: 1

Few Restriction Enzymes

Target sequence Enzyme Organism from which derived (cut at *)

5' -->3'
Bam HI Eco RI Bacillus amyloliquefaciens Escherichia coli RY 13 G* G A T C C G* A A T T C

Hind III
Mbo I Pst I Sma I Taq I Xma I

Haemophilus inflenzae Rd
Moraxella bovis Providencia stuartii Serratia marcescens Thermophilus aquaticus Xanthamonas malvacearum

A* A G C T T

R-M System

Restriction-modification (R-M) system Endonuclease activity: cuts foreign DNA at the recognition site Methyltransferase activity: protects host DNA from cleavage by the restriction enzyme. Methylate one of the bases in each strand Restriction enzyme and its cognate modification system constitute the R-M system


Uses for Restriction Enzymes

RFLP analysis (Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism)

DNA sequencing
DNA storage libraries Transformation

Restriction Enzymes for Transformation

Human DNA cleaved with EcoRI 5-C-G-G-T-A-C-T-A-G-OH 3-G-C-C-A-T-G-A-T-C-T-T-A-A-PO4 Corn DNA cleaved with EcoRI

PO4-A-A-T-T-C-A-G-C-T-A-C-G-3 HO-G-T-C-G-A-T-G-C-5

Complementary base pairing

5-A-C-G-G-T-A-C-T-A-G A-A-T-T-C-A-G-C-T-A-C-G-3 3-T-G-C-C-A-T-G-A-T-C-T-T-A-A G-T-C-G-A-T-G-C-5

+ DNA Ligase, + rATP

5-A-C-G-G-T-A-C-T-A-G-A-A-T-T-C-A-G-C-T-A-C-G-3 3-T-G-C-C-A-T-G-A-T-C-T-T-A-A-G-T-C-G-A-T-G-C-5

recombinant DNA molecule

Protection of Self DNA

Bacteria protect their self DNA from restriction digestion by methylation of its recognition site. Methylation is adding a methyl group (CH3) to DNA. Restriction enzymes are classified based on recognition sequence and methylation pattern.



Evolved independently rather than diverging form a common ancestor Broadly classified into four Types


Type I

Multi-subunit proteins Function as a single protein complex Contain

two R (restriction) subunits,
two M (methylation) subunits and one S (specificity) subunit

Cleave DNA at random length from recognition site


Type III

Large enzymes Combination restriction-and-modification Cleave outside of their recognition sequences Require two recognition sequences in opposite orientations within the same DNA molecule No commercial use or availability


Type IV

Cleave only modified DNA (methylated,

hydroxymethylated and glucosyl-hydroxymethylated


Recognition sequences have not been well defined Cleavage takes place ~30 bp away from one of the sites.


Type II
Most useful for gene analysis and cloning

More than 3500 REs Recognize 4-8 bp sequences Need Mg 2+ as cofactor Cut in close proximity of the recognition site Homodimers ATP hydrolysis is not required


Recognition Sequences

Each restriction enzyme always cuts at the same recognition sequence. Produce the same gel banding pattern (fingerprint) Many restriction sequences are palindromic. For example,

(Read the same in the opposite direction (eg. madam, race car)


blunt end

sticky end

Sticky End Cutters

Most restriction enzymes make staggered cuts Staggered cuts produce single stranded sticky-ends DNA from different sources can be spliced easily because of sticky-end overhangs.




Blunt End Cutters

Some restriction enzymes cut DNA at opposite base They leave blunt ended DNA fragments These are called blunt end cutters




Restriction Enzyme Use

Discovery of enzymes that cut and paste DNA make genetic engineering possible. Restriction enzyme cuts DNA and generates fragments Ligase joins different DNA fragments

DNA fragments from different species can be ligated (joined) to create Recombinant DNA


How does it Look after Restriction Digestion

Genomic DNA Digest Plasmid DNA Digest


Restriction Maps

Useful but now most commonly generated by computer from actual DNA sequence

Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) Analysis



DNA Fingerprintingused in modern forensics


2. DNA Modifying Enzymes a DNA Polymerase I

5-3 Exonuclease Activity 3-5 Exonuclease Activity DNA Polymerase Activity

The Klenow Fragment

Klenow fragment used for DNA sequencing

Reverse Transcriptase (RTase)

b nucleases

Deletion analysis using Bal 31 nuclease

c enzymes that modify the ends of DNA molecules i Terminal transferase

ii Polynucleotide kinase

iii Alkaline Phosphatase: BAP and CIP

3 DNA ligase

Mechanism of DNA ligase

DNA ligase used for both blunt and cohesive end ligation