Accuracy of lesion bypass by yeast and human DNA polymerase eta.


DNA polymerase eta (Pol eta) functions in the error-free bypass of ...
DNA polymerase eta (Pol eta) functions in the error-free bypass of UV-induced DNA lesions, and a defect in Pol eta in humans causes the cancer-prone syndrome, the variant form of xeroderma pigmentosum. Both yeast and human Pol eta replicate through a cis-syn thymine-thymine dimer (TT dimer) by inserting two As opposite the two Ts of the dimer. Pol eta, however, is a low-fidelity enzyme, and it misinserts nucleotides with a frequency of approximately 10(-2) to 10(-3) opposite the two Ts of the TT dimer as well as opposite the undamaged template bases. This low fidelity of nucleotide insertion seems to conflict with the role of Pol eta in the error-free bypass of UV lesions. To resolve this issue, we have examined the ability of human and yeast Pol eta to extend from paired and mispaired primer termini opposite a TT dimer by using steady-state kinetic assays. We find that Pol eta extends from mispaired primer termini on damaged and undamaged DNAs with a frequency of approximately 10(-2) to 10(-3) relative to paired primer termini. Thus, after the incorporation of an incorrect nucleotide, Pol eta would dissociate from the DNA rather than extend from the mispair. The resulting primer-terminal mispair then could be subject to proofreading by a 3'-->5' exonuclease. Replication through a TT dimer by Pol eta then would be more accurate than that predicted from the fidelity of nucleotide incorporation alone.




new topics/pols set partial results complete validated


No results available for this paper.

Entry validated by:

Using Polbase tables:


Tables may be sorted by clicking on any of the column titles. A second click reverses the sort order. <Ctrl> + click on the column titles to sort by more than one column (e.g. family then name).


It is also possible to filter the table by typing into the search box above the table. This will instantly hide lines from the table that do not contain your search text.