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Title: Mechanism of RNA polymerase II bypass of oxidative cyclopurine DNA lesions

In human cells, the oxidative DNA lesion 8,5'-cyclo-2'-deoxyadenosine (CydA) induces prolonged stalling of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) followed by transcriptional bypass, generating both error-free and mutant transcripts with AMP misincorporated immediately downstream from the lesion. Here, we present biochemical and crystallographic evidence for the mechanism of CydA recognition. Pol II stalling results from impaired loading of the template base (5') next to CydA into the active site, leading to preferential AMP misincorporation. Such predominant AMP insertion, which also occurs at an abasic site, is unaffected by the identity of the 5´-templating base, indicating that it derives from nontemplated synthesis according to an A rule known for DNA polymerases and recently identified for Pol II bypass of pyrimidine dimers. Subsequent to AMP misincorporation, Pol II encounters a major translocation block that is slowly overcome. The translocation block combined with the poor extension of the dA.rA mispair reduce transcriptional mutagenesis. Moreover, increasing the active-site flexibility by mutation in the trigger loop, which increases the ability of Pol II to accommodate the bulky lesion, and addition of transacting factor TFIIF facilitate CydA bypass. Thus, blocking lesion entry to the active site, trans-lesion A rule synthesis, and translocation block are common features ofmore » transcription across different bulky DNA lesions.« less
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  1. National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States)
  3. Biopolcore, Inc., Baltimore, MD (United States)
  4. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (United States)
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Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231; GM102362
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 112; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0027-8424
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC (United States)
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; RNA polymerase II; translesion transcription; oxidative DNA damage; transcriptional mutagenesis; transcription factor TFIIF
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