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Mutagenic Bypass of an Oxidized Abasic Lesion-Induced DNA Interstrand Cross-Link Analogue by Human Translesion Synthesis DNA Polymerases

Xu, Wenyan, Ouellette, Adam, Ghosh, Souradyuti, O’Neill, Tylor C., Greenberg, Marc M., Zhao, Linlin
Biochemistry 2015 v.54 no.50 pp. 7409-7422
DNA, DNA replication, antineoplastic agents, crosslinking, genotoxicity, humans, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, mutagenicity, oligonucleotides, yeasts
5′-(2-Phosphoryl-1,4-dioxobutane) (DOB) is an oxidized abasic site that is produced by several antitumor agents and γ-radiolysis. DOB reacts reversibly with a dA opposite the 3′-adjacent nucleotide to form DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs), genotoxic DNA lesions that can block DNA replication and transcription. Translesion synthesis (TLS) is an important step in several ICL repair pathways to bypass unhooked intermediates generated by endonucleolytic incision. The instability of DOB-ICLs has made it difficult to learn about their TLS-mediated repair capability and mutagenic potential. We recently developed a method for chemically synthesizing oligonucleotides containing a modified DOB-ICL analogue. Herein, we examined the capabilities of several highly relevant eukaryotic TLS DNA polymerases (pols), including human pol η, pol κ, pol ι, pol ν, REV1, and yeast pol ζ, to bypass this DOB-ICL analogue. The prelesion, translesion, and postlesion replication efficiency and fidelity were examined. Pol η showed moderate bypass activity when encountering the DOB-ICL, giving major products one or two nucleotides beyond the cross-linked template nucleotide. In contrast, DNA synthesis by the other pols was stalled at the position before the cross-linked nucleotide. Steady-state kinetic data and liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry sequencing of primer extension products by pol η unambiguously revealed that pol η-mediated bypass is highly error-prone. Together, our study provides the first set of in vitro evidence that the DOB-ICL is a replication-blocking and highly miscoding lesion. Compared to several other TLS pols examined, pol η is likely to contribute to the TLS-mediated repair of the DOB-ICL in vivo.