Structure of the MCM2-7 Double Hexamer and Its Implications for the Mechanistic Functions of the Mcm2-7 Complex

  • Yuanliang Zhai
  • Bik-Kwoon TyeEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1042)


The eukaryotic minichromosome maintenance 2–7 complex is the core of the inactive MCM replication licensing complex and the catalytic core of the Cdc45-MCM-GINS replicative helicase. The years of effort to determine the structure of parts or the whole of the heterohexameric complex by X-ray crystallography and conventional cryo-EM produced limited success. Modern cryo-EM technology ushered in a new era of structural biology that allowed the determination of the structure of the inactive double hexamer at an unprecedented resolution of 3.8 Å. This review will focus on the fine details observed in the Mcm2-7 double hexameric complex and their implications for the function of the Mcm2-7 hexamer in its different roles during DNA replication.


DNA replication Replication licensing MCM2-7 Cryo-EM structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Life ScienceHong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong KongChina
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced StudyHong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong KongChina
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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