Efficient translesion replication past oxaliplatin and cisplatin GpG adducts by human DNA polymerase eta

Biochemistry. 2000 Apr 25;39(16):4575-80. doi: 10.1021/bi000130k.


Platinum anticancer agents form bulky DNA adducts which are thought to exert their cytotoxic effect by blocking DNA replication. Translesion synthesis, one of the pathways of postreplication repair, is thought to account for some resistance to DNA damage and much of the mutagenicity of bulky DNA adducts in dividing cells. Oxaliplatin has been shown to be effective in cisplatin-resistant cell lines and less mutagenic than cisplatin in the Ames assay. We have shown that the eukaryotic DNA polymerases yeast pol zeta, human pol beta, and human pol gamma bypass oxaliplatin-GG adducts more efficiently than cisplatin-GG adducts. Human pol eta, a product of the XPV gene, has been shown to catalyze efficient translesion synthesis past cis, syn-cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers. In the present study we compared translesion synthesis past different Pt-GG adducts by human pol eta. Our data show that, similar to other eukaryotic DNA polymerases, pol eta bypasses oxaliplatin-GG adducts more efficiently than cisplatin-GG adducts. However, pol eta-catalyzed translesion replication past Pt-DNA adducts was more efficient and less accurate than that seen for previously tested polymerases. We show that the efficiency and fidelity of translesion replication past Pt-DNA adducts appear to be determined by both the structure of the adduct and the DNA polymerase active site.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Cisplatin / metabolism*
  • CpG Islands / genetics*
  • DNA / biosynthesis
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA / metabolism
  • DNA Adducts / genetics
  • DNA Adducts / metabolism*
  • DNA Polymerase iota
  • DNA Primers / genetics
  • DNA Primers / metabolism
  • DNA Replication*
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Ligands
  • Organoplatinum Compounds / metabolism*
  • Oxaliplatin
  • Pyrimidine Dimers / genetics
  • Pyrimidine Dimers / metabolism
  • Substrate Specificity
  • Templates, Genetic
  • Thermodynamics


  • DNA Adducts
  • DNA Primers
  • Ligands
  • Organoplatinum Compounds
  • Pyrimidine Dimers
  • Oxaliplatin
  • DNA
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase
  • Rad30 protein
  • Cisplatin
  • DNA Polymerase iota
  • POLI protein, human