DNA Polymerase "extendase" activity

Olav Hungnes ohungnes at bioslave.uio.no
Sat Sep 3 14:17:56 EST 1994

jobling at usuhs.usuhs.mil wrote:
: In Article <346bh8$bm at mars.mahidol.ac.th>
: g3421101 at mucc.mahidol.ac.th (Enrique Jose Labadan Frio - SCBC - 3421101) writes:
: >
: >Dear friends and colleagues,
: >
: >	A recent paper in NAR 1994 [22(12):2423] by Costa and Weiner 
: >(Stratagene) has some very interesting observations on the "extendase" 
: >activity [addition of a single non-template-encoded nuceotide at the 3' 
: >end] of DNA-dependent DNA polymerases. Noteworthy are the ff:
: snip

: >	 Klenow (surprised even more! the great blunting enzyme...?)
: >  	 T7 (from which Klenow was derived, by cutting off the 5'-3' 
: >	     exonuclease domain)
: >
: snip

: >Dept of Biochemistry

: jsut a thought but someone from a biochemistry dept should know that
: Klenow is derived from DNA polymerase I (Kornberg enzyme!) and not
: T7 polymerase which is a phage enzyme. Klenow like derivatives
: of T7 have been created (sequenase i.e. T7 pol is functionally similar but
: inactivated by chemical treatment I believe; ver 2.0 maybe a genetic deletion 
: if I remeber some USB blurb correctly), which may have caused the
:  misunderstanding.

: my 2c worth.

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As to the questions, my initial reaction when reading the article was 
that it perhaps is a little unfair to operate Klenow at the same dNTP
conc. as Taq (was it 100 microM, I don't have the article with me?). After 
all it requires much less dNTPs, and I understand that the balance of 
polymerase and proofreading (exonuclease) activity is influenced by this 
parameter. My guess is that the "extendase" activity of Klenow is much 
less prominent at say 20 - 40 microM of dNTPs. One should keep in mind 
that the article is written by people who sell the T7 poly and wouldn't 
mind that the T7 comes out best (it has a higher proofreading activity, 
probably less inhibited by the high dNTP conc).

my 2 mmol worth, 

Olav Hungnes                 olav.hungnes at embnet.uio.no
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