4 years ago

The Nonbulky DNA Lesions Spiroiminodihydantoin and 5-Guanidinohydantoin Significantly Block Human RNA Polymerase II Elongation in Vitro

The Nonbulky DNA Lesions Spiroiminodihydantoin and 5-Guanidinohydantoin Significantly Block Human RNA Polymerase II Elongation in Vitro
Marina Kolbanovskiy, Vladimir Shafirovich, Aditi Nadkarni, Nicholas E. Geacintov, David A. Scicchitano, Suse Broyde, Moinuddin A. Chowdhury
The most common, oxidatively generated lesion in cellular DNA is 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine, which can be oxidized further to yield highly mutagenic spiroiminodihydantoin (Sp) and 5-guanidinohydantoin (Gh) in DNA. In human cell-free extracts, both lesions can be excised by base excision repair and global genomic nucleotide excision repair. However, it is not known if these lesions can be removed by transcription-coupled DNA repair (TCR), a pathway that clears lesions from DNA that impede RNA synthesis. To determine if Sp or Gh impedes transcription, which could make each a viable substrate for TCR, either an Sp or a Gh lesion was positioned on the transcribed strand of DNA under the control of a promoter that supports transcription by human RNA polymerase II. These constructs were incubated in HeLa nuclear extracts that contained active RNA polymerase II, and the resulting transcripts were resolved by denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The structurally rigid Sp strongly blocks transcription elongation, permitting 1.6 ± 0.5% nominal lesion bypass. In contrast, the conformationally flexible Gh poses less of a block to human RNAPII, allowing 9 ± 2% bypass. Furthermore, fractional lesion bypass for Sp and Gh is minimally affected by glycosylase activity found in the HeLa nuclear extract. These data specifically suggest that both Sp and Gh may well be susceptible to TCR because each poses a significant block to human RNA polymerase II progression. A more general principle is also proposed: Conformational flexibility may be an important structural feature of DNA lesions that enhances their transcriptional bypass.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00295

DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00295

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.