The Escherichia coli Ada protein can interact with two distinct determinants in the sigma70 subunit of RNA polymerase according to promoter architecture: identification of the target of Ada activation at the alkA promoter. (1/1309)

The methylated form of the Ada protein (meAda) activates transcription from the Escherichia coli ada, aidB, and alkA promoters with different mechanisms. In this study we identify amino acid substitutions in region 4 of the RNA polymerase subunit sigma70 that affect Ada-activated transcription at alkA. Substitution to alanine of residues K593, K597, and R603 in sigma70 region 4 results in decreased Ada-dependent binding of RNA polymerase to the alkA promoter in vitro and impairs alkA transcription both in vivo and in vitro, suggesting that these residues define a determinant for meAda-sigma70 interaction. In a previous study (P. Landini, J. A. Bown, M. R. Volkert, and S. J. W. Busby, J. Biol. Chem. 273:13307-13312, 1998), we showed that a set of negatively charged amino acids in sigma70 region 4 is involved in meAda-sigma70 interaction at the ada and aidB promoters. However, the alanine substitutions of positively charged residues K593, K597, and R603 do not affect meAda-dependent transcription at ada and aidB. Unlike the sigma70 amino acids involved in the interaction with meAda at the ada and aidB promoters, K593, K597, and R603 are not conserved in sigmaS, an alternative sigma subunit of RNA polymerase mainly expressed during the stationary phase of growth. While meAda is able to promote transcription by the sigmaS form of RNA polymerase (EsigmaS) at ada and aidB, it fails to do so at alkA. We propose that meAda can activate transcription at different promoters by contacting distinct determinants in sigma70 region 4 in a manner dependent on the location of the Ada binding site.  (+info)

Identification of a new uracil-DNA glycosylase family by expression cloning using synthetic inhibitors. (2/1309)

BACKGROUND: The cellular environment exposes DNA to a wide variety of endogenous and exogenous reactive species that can damage DNA, thereby leading to genetic mutations. DNA glycosylases protect the integrity of the genome by catalyzing the first step in the base excision-repair of lesions in DNA. RESULTS: Here, we report a strategy to conduct genome-wide screening for expressed DNA glycosylases, based on their ability to bind to a library of four synthetic inhibitors that target the enzyme's active site. These inhibitors, used in conjunction with the in vitro expression cloning procedure, led to the identification of novel Xenopus and human proteins, xSMUG1 and hSMUG1, respectively, that efficiently excise uracil residues from DNA. Despite a lack of statistically significant overall sequence similarity to the two established classes of uracil-DNA glycosylases, the SMUG1 enzymes contain motifs that are hallmarks of a shared active-site structure and overall protein architecture. The unusual preference of SMUG1 for single-stranded rather than double-stranded DNA suggests a unique biological function in ridding the genome of uracil residues, which are potent endogenous mutagens. CONCLUSIONS: The 'proteomics' approach described here has led to the isolation of a new family of uracil-DNA glycosylases. The three classes of uracil-excising enzymes (SMUG1 being the most recently discovered) represent a striking example of structural and functional conservation in the almost complete absence of sequence conservation.  (+info)

The catalytic mechanism of a pyrimidine dimer-specific glycosylase (pdg)/abasic lyase, Chlorella virus-pdg. (3/1309)

The repair of UV light-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers can proceed via the base excision repair pathway, in which the initial step is catalyzed by DNA glycosylase/abasic (AP) lyases. The prototypical enzyme studied for this pathway is endonuclease V from the bacteriophage T4 (T4 bacteriophage pyrimidine dimer glycosylase (T4-pdg)). The first homologue for T4-pdg has been found in a strain of Chlorella virus (strain Paramecium bursaria Chlorella virus-1), which contains a gene that predicts an amino acid sequence homology of 41% with T4-pdg. Because both the structure and critical catalytic residues are known for T4-pdg, homology modeling of the Chlorella virus pyrimidine dimer glycosylase (cv-pdg) predicted that a conserved glutamic acid residue (Glu-23) would be important for catalysis at pyrimidine dimers and abasic sites. Site-directed mutations were constructed at Glu-23 to assess the necessity of a negatively charged residue at that position (Gln-23) and the importance of the length of the negatively charged side chain (Asp-23). E23Q lost glycosylase activity completely but retained low levels of AP lyase activity. In contrast, E23D retained near wild type glycosylase and AP lyase activities on cis-syn dimers but completely lost its activity on the trans-syn II dimer, which is very efficiently cleaved by the wild type cv-pdg. As has been shown for other glyscosylases, the wild type cv-pdg catalyzes the cleavage at dimers or AP sites via formation of an imino intermediate, as evidenced by the ability of the enzyme to be covalently trapped on substrate DNA when the reactions are carried out in the presence of a strong reducing agent; in contrast, E23D was very poorly trapped on cis-syn dimers but was readily trapped on DNA containing AP sites. It is proposed that Glu-23 protonates the sugar ring, so that the imino intermediate can be formed.  (+info)

Age-associated increase in 8-oxo-deoxyguanosine glycosylase/AP lyase activity in rat mitochondria. (4/1309)

The mitochondrial theory of aging postulates that organisms age due to the accumulation of DNA damage and mutations in the multiple mitochondrial genomes, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction. Among the wide variety of DNA damage, 8-oxo-deoxyguanosine (8-oxo-dG) has received the most attention due to its mutagenicity and because of the possible correlation between its accumulation and pathological processes like cancer, degenerative diseases and aging. Although still controversial, many studies show that 8-oxo-dG accumulates with age in the mitochondrial (mt) DNA. However, little is known about the processing of this lesion and no study has yet examined whether mtDNA repair changes with age. Here, we report the first study on age-related changes in mtDNA repair, accomplished by assessing the cleavage activity of mitochondrial extracts towards an 8-oxo-dG-containing substrate. In this study, mitochondria obtained from rat heart and liver were used. We find that this enzymatic activity is higher in 12 and 23 month-old rats than in 6 month-old rats, in both liver and heart extracts. These mitochondrial extracts also cleave oligonucleotides containing a U:A mismatch, at the uracil position, reflecting the combined action of mitochondrial uracil DNA glycosylase (mtUDG) and mitochondrial apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) endonucleases. The mtUDG activity did not change with age in liver mitochondria, but there was a small increase in activity from 6 to 23 months in rat heart extracts, after normalization to citrate synthase activity. Endonuclease G activity, measured by a plasmid relaxation assay, did not show any age-associated change in liver, but there was a significant decrease from 6 to 23 months in heart mitochondria. Our results suggest that the mitochondrial capacity to repair 8-oxo-dG, the main oxidative base damage suggested to accumulate with age in mtDNA, does not decrease, but rather increases with age. The specific increase in 8-oxo-dG endonuclease activity, rather than a general up-regulation of DNA repair in mitochondria, suggests an induction of the 8-oxo-dG-specific repair pathway with age.  (+info)

Linear free-energy model description of the conformational stability of uracil-DNA glycosylase inhibitor A thermodynamic characterization of interaction with denaturant and cold denaturation. (5/1309)

The equilibrium unfolding of uracil DNA glycosylase inhibitor (Ugi), a small acidic protein of molecular mass 9474 Da, has been studied by a combination of thermal-induced and guanidine hydrochloride (GdnCl)-induced denaturation. The analysis of the denaturation data provides a measure of the changes in conformational free energy, enthalpy, entropy and heat capacity DeltaCp that accompany the equilibrium unfolding of Ugi over a wide range of temperature and GdnCl concentration. The unfolding of Ugi is a simple two-state, reversible process. The protein undergoes both low-temperature and high-temperature unfolding even in the absence of GdnCl but more so in the presence of denaturant. The data are consistent with the linear free-energy model and with a temperature independent DeltaCp over the large temperature range of unfolding. The small DeltaCp (6.52 kJ.mol-1.K-1) for the unfolding of Ugi, is perhaps a reflection of a relatively small, buried hydrophobic core in the folded form of this small monomeric protein. Despite a relatively low value of DeltaG(H2O), 7.40 kJ.mol-1 at pH 8.3, Ugi displays considerable stability with the temperature of maximum stability being 301.6 K.  (+info)

The type of DNA glycosylase determines the base excision repair pathway in mammalian cells. (6/1309)

The base excision repair (BER) of modified nucleotides is initiated by damage-specific DNA glycosylases. The repair of the resulting apurinic/apyrimidinic site involves the replacement of either a single nucleotide (short patch BER) or of several nucleotides (long patch BER). The mechanism that controls the selection of either BER pathway is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that the type of base damage present on DNA, by determining the specific DNA glycosylase in charge of its excision, drives the repair of the resulting abasic site intermediate to either BER branch. In mammalian cells hypoxanthine (HX) and 1,N6-ethenoadenine (epsilonA) are both substrates for the monofunctional 3-methyladenine DNA glycosylase, the ANPG protein, whereas 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) is removed by the bifunctional DNA glycosylase/beta-lyase 8-oxoG-DNA gly- cosylase (OGG1). Circular plasmid molecules containing a single HX, epsilonA, or 8-oxoG were constructed. In vitro repair assays with HeLa cell extracts revealed that HX and epsilonA are repaired via both short and long patch BER, whereas 8-oxoG is repaired mainly via the short patch pathway. The preferential repair of 8-oxoG by short patch BER was confirmed by the low efficiency of repair of this lesion by DNA polymerase beta-deficient mouse cells as compared with their wild-type counterpart. These data fit into a model where the intrinsic properties of the DNA glycosylase that recognizes the lesion selects the branch of BER that will restore the intact DNA template.  (+info)

A re-investigation of the ribonuclease sensitivity of a DNA demethylation reaction in chicken embryo and G8 mouse myoblasts. (7/1309)

Recently published results (Nucleic Acids Res. 26, 5573-5580, 1998) suggest that the ribonuclease sensitivity of the DNA demethylation reaction may be an experimental artifact due to the possible tight binding of the nucleases to the methylated DNA substrate. Using an improved protocol we show for two different systems that demethylation of hemimethylated DNA is indeed sensitive to micrococcal nuclease, requires RNA and is not an experimental artifact. The purified 5-MeC-DNA glycosylase from chicken embryos and G8 mouse myoblasts was first incubated for 5 min at 37 degrees C with micrococcal nuclease in the presence of Ca2+ in the absence of the DNA substrate. Upon blocking the nuclease activity by the addition of 25 mM EGTA, the DNA demethylation reaction was initiated by adding the labeled hemimethylated DNA substrate to the reaction mixture. Under these conditions the DNA demethylation reaction was abolished. In parallel controls, where the purified 5-MeC-DNA glycosylase was pre-incubated at 37 degrees C with the nuclease, Ca2+ and EGTA or with the nuclease and EGTA, RNA was not degraded and no inhibition of the demethylation reaction was obtained. As has already been shown for chicken embryos, the loss of 5-MeC-DNA glycosylase activity from G8 myoblasts following nuclease treatment can also be restored by the addition of synthetic RNA complementary to the methylated strand of the substrate DNA. No reactivation of 5-MeC-DNA glycosylase is obtained by complementation with a random RNA sequence, the RNA sequence complementary to the non-methylated strand or DNA, thus ruling out a non-specific competition of the RNA for the binding of the nuclease to the labeled DNA substrate.  (+info)

Thermostable uracil-DNA glycosylase from Thermotoga maritima a member of a novel class of DNA repair enzymes. (8/1309)

Uracil-DNA glycosylase (UDG) is a ubiquitous enzyme found in eukaryotes and prokaryotes [1][2][3]. This enzyme removes uracil bases that are present in DNA as a result of either deamination of cytosine or misincorporation of dUMP instead of dTMP [4] [5], and it is the primary activity in the DNA base excision repair pathway. Although UDG activities have been shown to be present in several thermophiles [6][7][8], no sequences have been found that are complementary to the Escherichia coli ung gene, which encodes UDG [9]. Here, we describe a UDG from the thermophile Thermotoga maritima. The T. maritima UDG gene has a low level of homology to the E. coli G-T/U mismatch-specific DNA glycosylase gene (mug). The expressed protein is capable of removing uracil from DNA containing either a U-A or a U-G base pair and is heat-stable up to 75 degrees C. The enzyme is also active on single-stranded DNA containing uracil. Analogous genes appear to be present in several prokaryotic organisms, including thermophilic and mesophilic eubacteria as well as archaebacteria, the human-disease pathogens Treponema palladium and Rickettsia prowazekii, and the extremely radioresistant organism Deinococcus radiodurans. These findings suggest that the T. maritima UDG is a member of a new class of DNA repair enzymes.  (+info)