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Leopoldina-Vorlesung des Nobelpreisträgers Sir Richard Roberts (UK/USA)

Datum: Montag, 26. Mai 2014
Uhrzeit: 18:30 bis 20:00
Ort: Leopoldina, Jägerberg 1, 06108 Halle (Saale)

English Abstract

Nobel laureate Sir Richard J. Roberts (UK/USA) focuses in his presentation on bacterial DNA methyltransferases (MTases), which are best known as orphan enzymes such as the Dam methylase of E. coli or as components of restriction-modification (RM) systems. Until recently, rigorously determining the specificity of MTases has been a tedious process. When they were components of Type II restriction systems it has been assumed that the MTases would have the same specificity as the cognate restriction enzyme. For Type I and Type III RM systems specificity determination was rarely attempted.

With the advent of SMRT sequencing from Pacific Biosciences this situation has changed dramatically. Now it has become very simple to determine MTase recognition sequences both for individual MTases cloned in plasmids and also for whole bacterial genomes. This offers new insights into the functioning of bacteria and has led to the discovery of many novel MTases with unexpected properties. A new door on bacterial life has been opened and raises many questions.

Sir Richard J. Roberts

ist Chief Scientific Officer an den New England Biolabs, Beverly, Massachusetts. Er hat 1993 gemeinsam mit Phillip Allen Sharp den Nobelpreis in Physiologie oder Medizin „für ihre Identifizierung des diskontinuierlichen Aufbaus einiger Erbanlagen von Zellorganismen“ erhalten.

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