Fidelity and processivity of Saccharomyces cerevisiae DNA polymerase eta.


The yeast RAD30 gene functions in error-free replication of UV-damaged DNA, and RAD30 encodes a DNA polymerase, pol eta, that has the ability to efficiently and correctly replicate past a cis-syn-thymine-thymine dimer in template DNA. To better understand the role of pol eta in damage bypass, we examined its fidelity and processivity on nondamaged DNA templates. Steady-state kinetic analyses of deoxynucleotide incorporation indicate that pol eta has a low fidelity, misincorporating deoxynucleotides with a frequency of about 10(-2) to 10(-3). Also pol eta has a low processivity, incorporating only a few nucleotides before dissociating. We suggest that pol eta's low fidelity reflects a flexibility in its active site rendering it more tolerant of DNA damage, while its low processivity limits its activity to reduce errors.



Source / Purification, Nucleotide Incorporation


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Polymerase Reference Property Result Context
Sce Pol eta Washington MT1999 Cloned or native Cloned in yeast
Sce Pol eta Washington MT1999 Full length or truncated Full length
Sce Pol eta Washington MT1999 Processivity 6bp

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