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Sign in to write a review. Coming soon Awaiting publication. Quantity Pre-order. This item has been added to your basket View basket Checkout. View other formats and editions. Synopsis Author. Visit the Jackie Morris author page. As the two lasers are mutually incoherent, no interference is expected. Indeed, when we repeated the measurements with two beads trapped by two traps that were produced by different lasers, we measured a practically flat force almost all the way to the point of contact between the beads.
This demonstrates that the main potential disturbance in the measurement results from interference between the traps. Moreover, this experiment allows also us to quantify the magnitude of the disturbance to our force measurements.
Based on the calibration of the mirror, the nm of the tether correspond to an additional 0. In summary, although the interference between the traps likely adds to the experimental uncertainty, it is a very small effect at the level of ensemble-averaged force measurements.
We thank the reviewer for stressing this point; the comparison between the models was indeed not described in enough detail and we have now significantly expanded and improved it. Next, we have added the missing color coding for the curves in 4A and 4B and incorporated into the caption of Figure 4 the details on how the Michaelis Menten parameters were calculated.
We agree with the reviewers that fitting data taken at different forces and different [ATP] to a global model is very informative. In fact, this is exactly what we did in our paper. This was apparently not clear enough.
We expect that the new section at the Materials and methods see point above describing the whole fitting procedure, the new Figure 4—figure supplements 1 and 2 describing the fitting results of all the kinetic models, and the improvement of the caption of Figure 4, have made this point clearer.
To further clarify it, we have tried to improve our presentation. The geometry of our experiments is clearly different that the one used by the Block and Perkins labs Carter et al. And even if it did, since no extension changes take place at this phase nothing is measured.
This is an invisible phase. To clarify how the force acts on the complex, we have now included a new Figure 1—figure supplement 1. Next, the reviewer is concerned that the high forces reached during the measurement phase may affect the integrity of the DNA. However, although 40 pN is indeed above the force required to unzip the DNA, no unzipping is possible in the experimental geometry at the measurement phase i.
Numerous previous studies have shown that it is possible to apply high stretching or shearing forces without affecting the dsDNA structure. For example, previous experiments combining optical tweezers with fluorescence imaging revealed that it is possible to stretch a long dsDNA molecule all the way to the overstretching transition at 65 pN without inducing any melting of the DNA King et al.
It is true that our experiment differs from the normal operation of RecBCD in that normally the strands translocated by RecB and RecD are complementary, while in our experiment they are not. However, to the best of our knowledge, the complementarity between the sequences has not been shown to play a role in the activity of RecBCD. Please see also our reply to the penultimate point. Indeed, while the force opposes translocation in the assay of Figure 1, its assists translocation in the assay described in Figure 3.
Moreover, while in Figure 1 the effect of the force is direct, and the force inhibits the motion forward because an additional mechanical work is required to translocate, in Figure 3 the effect of the force is indirect, with the assisting effect achieved by destabilizing the DNA fork ahead.
These considerations are an integral part of the models for translocation under force for each one of the geometries, as described by Supplementary files 2 and 3. Next, as is the case in most single-molecule studies, there is a certain amount of heterogeneity between the traces even under identical conditions. All the conclusions in the paper are drawn from averages over many traces. Finally, please see our fifth reply above concerning fitting the full velocity vs.
The reviewers rise an important point, that we fail to discuss in our original submitted manuscript. One possible way to reconcile these observations is that there is more than one structural element contributing to the splitting of the DNA or stabilizing the unwound strands from reannealing, and that in our assay one such a motif at least assists the unwinding by RecB, while at least another unique motif assists RecD.
Extension changes are observed only as the stem is completely unwound and the different subutnis begin unwinding the tracks. The reviewers rise an interesting point here: If one subunit is faster than the other, it will reach its track first. We believe our data rules out this possibility, for the following reason. If the translocation velocity of the subunits is different a ssDNA segment will accumulate ahead of the slow subunit, forming a loop as previously shown Taylor and Smith, This is schematically depicted in Author response image 2 , at point 2.
However, since the whole tether is under force, when the faster subunit reaches the junction point 3 there is nothing which prevents the ssDNA in the loop to stretch, producing a sudden increase in the total tether length point 4 , that will then be followed by shortening of the tether as the subunits translocate on opposite directions.
This phonotype is further described in panel B of Author response image 2. Such sudden extension increase that precedes the activity was never observed in our data, ruling out the formation of a loop, or at least one of a significant size to be detected with our spatial and temporal resolution.
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This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Supplementary file 2: Force-dependent Michaelis-Menten parameters for the different models of unwinding, for experiments measuring activity against an opposing force.
Supplementary file 3: Force-dependent Michaelis-Menten parameters for the different models of unwinding, for experiments measuring unwinding of a hairpin under tension. Supplementary file 4: Number of traces measured. Supplementary file 5: Oligonucleotides used for synthesizing DNA substrates for optical tweezers experiments. Supplementary file 6: Results of fitting RecD force velocity curves to a Brownian ratchet before hydrolysis model, in complex and isolated.
Transparent reporting form. Research organism: E. Results Optical tweezers can monitor the force response of individual subunits in a native, full RecBCD complex Single-molecule experiments using optical or magnetic tweezers have proven to be very useful for studying the mechanism of unwinding by helicases Dumont et al. Open in a separate window. Figure 1. Figure 1—figure supplement 1. Schematic description of the force effect. Figure 1—figure supplement 2.
Linearity of the optical traps at large forces. Synergy between its subunits supports unwinding by RecBCD We use in our experiments a passive mode of operation, where the position of the optical traps is constant and, as the distance decreases between the beads, the force against which RecBCD or a subunit has to translocate increases Figure 1b—c.
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