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Thymine DNA glycosylase


Hardeland, U; Bentele, M; Lettieri, T; Steinacher, R; Jiricny, J; Schär, P (2001). Thymine DNA glycosylase. In: Moldave, K; Mitra, S; McCullough, A K; Lloyd, R S; Wilson, S H. Base Excision Repair. New York: Elsevier, 235-253.

Abstract

More than 50% of colon cancer-associated mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene are C-->T transitions. The majority of them locate in CpG dinucleotides and are thought to have arisen through spontaneous hydrolytic deamination of 5-methylcytosine. This deamination process gives rise to G.T mispairs that need to be repaired to G.C in order to avoid C-->T mutation. Similarly, deamination of cytosine generates G.U mispairs that also produce C-->T transitions if not repaired. Restoration of both G.T and G.U mismatches was shown to be mediated by a short-patch excision repair pathway, and one principal player implicated in this process may be thymine DNA glycosylase (TDG). Human TDG was discovered as an enzyme that has the potential to specifically remove thymine and uracil bases mispaired with guanine through hydrolysis of their N-glycosidic bond, thereby generating abasic sites in DNA and initiating a base excision repair reaction. The same protein was later found to interact physically and functionally with the retinoid receptors RAR and RXR, and this implicated an unexpected function of TDG in nuclear receptor-mediated transcriptional activation of gene expression. The objective of this chapter is to put together the results of different lines of experimentation that have explored the thymine DNA glycosylase since its discovery and to critically evaluate their implications for possible physiological roles of this enzyme.

More than 50% of colon cancer-associated mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene are C-->T transitions. The majority of them locate in CpG dinucleotides and are thought to have arisen through spontaneous hydrolytic deamination of 5-methylcytosine. This deamination process gives rise to G.T mispairs that need to be repaired to G.C in order to avoid C-->T mutation. Similarly, deamination of cytosine generates G.U mispairs that also produce C-->T transitions if not repaired. Restoration of both G.T and G.U mismatches was shown to be mediated by a short-patch excision repair pathway, and one principal player implicated in this process may be thymine DNA glycosylase (TDG). Human TDG was discovered as an enzyme that has the potential to specifically remove thymine and uracil bases mispaired with guanine through hydrolysis of their N-glycosidic bond, thereby generating abasic sites in DNA and initiating a base excision repair reaction. The same protein was later found to interact physically and functionally with the retinoid receptors RAR and RXR, and this implicated an unexpected function of TDG in nuclear receptor-mediated transcriptional activation of gene expression. The objective of this chapter is to put together the results of different lines of experimentation that have explored the thymine DNA glycosylase since its discovery and to critically evaluate their implications for possible physiological roles of this enzyme.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Molecular Cancer Research
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Cancer Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2001
Deposited On:09 Jul 2010 13:44
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:09
Publisher:Elsevier
Series Name:Progress in Nucleic Acid Research and Molecular Biology
Number:68
ISSN:0079-6603
ISBN:978-0-12-540068-8
Publisher DOI:10.1016/S0079-6603(01)68103-0
Official URL:http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/675706/description#description
PubMed ID:11554300

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