Deletion of the MAG1 DNA glycosylase gene suppresses alkylation-induced killing and mutagenesis in yeast cells lacking AP endonucleases

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 5E5.
Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis (Impact Factor: 3.68). 01/2002; 487(3-4):137-47. DOI: 10.1016/S0921-8777(01)00113-6
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DNA base excision repair (BER) is initiated by DNA glycosylases that recognize and remove damaged bases. The phosphate backbone adjacent to the resulting apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) site is then cleaved by an AP endonuclease or glycosylase-associated AP lyase to invoke subsequent BER steps. We have used a genetic approach in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to address whether AP sites are blocks to DNA replication and the biological consequences if AP sites persist in the genome. We found that yeast cells deficient in the two AP endonucleases (apn1 apn2 double mutant) are extremely sensitive to killing by methyl methanesulfonate (MMS), a model DNA alkylating agent. Interestingly, this sensitivity can be reduced up to 2500-fold by deleting the MAG1 3-methyladenine DNA glycosylase gene, suggesting that Mag1 not only removes lethal base lesions, but also benign lesions and possibly normal bases, and that the resulting AP sites are highly toxic to the cells. This rescuing effect appears to be specific for DNA alkylation damage, since the mag1 mutation reduces killing effects of two other DNA alkylating agents, but does not alter the sensitivity of apn cells to killing by UV, gamma-ray or H(2)O(2). Our mutagenesis assays indicate that nearly half of spontaneous and almost all MMS-induced mutations in the AP endonuclease-deficient cells are due to Mag1 DNA glycosylase activity. Although the DNA replication apparatus appears to be incapable of replicating past AP sites, Polzeta-mediated translesion synthesis is able to bypass AP sites, and accounts for all spontaneous and MMS-induced mutagenesis in the AP endonuclease-deficient cells. These results allow us to delineate base lesion flow within the BER pathway and link AP sites to other DNA damage repair and tolerance pathways.

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    • "In our system, both mms2∆ and mag1∆ cells showed marked inductions of the RNR3-Cypridina luciferase reporter gene when treated with MMS (Figure 3). The significantly enhanced luciferase reporter induction in mag1∆ cells is consistent with previous observations in both our β-gal reporter assay (Ichikawa and Eki, 2006) and another study (Jia and Xiao, 2003); the observed enhancement is presumably due to the accumulation of damaged DNA caused by defects in BER mediated by Mag1 DNA glycosylase (Xiao et al., 2001). Mms2p forms a heteromeric complex with Ubc13p to form an active ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme involved in errorfree PPR in yeast by cooperating with chromatinassociated RING finger proteins, Rad18p and Rad5p (Hofmann and Pickart, 1999; Ulrich and Jentsch, 2000). "
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    • "We simultaneously disrupted the two genes that encode the apurinic endonucleases essential for the abasic site repair, APN1 and APN2, in the pol3-Y708A strain. As reported earlier ( Johnson et al. 1998; Bennett 1999; Xiao et al. 2001), the double apn1 apn2 mutation itself caused increased spontaneous mutagenesis (Figure 1B, Table S1), consistent with the expected mutagenicity of AP sites that accumulate at high levels in these strains. As in the case of rad14, the interaction of the apn1 apn2 double mutation with the pol3-Y708A mutation was strictly additive (Figure 1B, Table S1). "
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    • "In contrast to HIB induction, the level of MMS-induced breakage after processing DNA plugs of the triple mutant at 55°C was high (comparable to the high level of HDBs in the mag1 single mutant (Table 2). Consistent with prior studies (7) and our result that deletion of mag1 prevents formation of unrepairable breaks in apn1 apn2 yeast, deletion of MAG1 reduced the level of MMS-sensitivity of the double mutant (Figure 4A, 1 mM MMS and Figure 4B). "
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