Replication past a trans-4-hydroxynonenal minor-groove adduct by the sequential action of human DNA polymerases iota and kappa

Mol Cell Biol. 2006 Jan;26(1):381-6. doi: 10.1128/MCB.26.1.381-386.2006.


The X-ray crystal structure of human DNA polymerase iota (Poliota) has shown that it differs from all known Pols in its dependence upon Hoogsteen base pairing for synthesizing DNA. Hoogsteen base pairing provides an elegant mechanism for synthesizing DNA opposite minor-groove adducts that present a severe block to synthesis by replicative DNA polymerases. Germane to this problem, a variety of DNA adducts form at the N2 minor-groove position of guanine. Previously, we have shown that proficient and error-free replication through the gamma-HOPdG (gamma-hydroxy-1,N2-propano-2'-deoxyguanosine) adduct, which is formed from the reaction of acrolein with the N2 of guanine, is mediated by the sequential action of human Poliota and Polkappa, in which Poliota incorporates the nucleotide opposite the lesion site and Polkappa carries out the subsequent extension reaction. To test the general applicability of these observations to other adducts formed at the N2 position of guanine, here we examine the proficiency of human Poliota and Polkappa to synthesize past stereoisomers of trans-4-hydroxy-2-nonenal-deoxyguanosine (HNE-dG). Even though HNE- and acrolein-modified dGs share common structural features, due to their increased size and other structural differences, HNE adducts are potentially more blocking for replication than gamma-HOPdG. We show here that the sequential action of Poliota and Polkappa promotes efficient and error-free synthesis through the HNE-dG adducts, in which Poliota incorporates the nucleotide opposite the lesion site and Polkappa performs the extension reaction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aldehydes / chemistry
  • Aldehydes / toxicity*
  • Cross-Linking Reagents / chemistry
  • Cross-Linking Reagents / toxicity*
  • DNA Adducts / metabolism*
  • DNA Replication / drug effects*
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase / metabolism*
  • Guanidine / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Nucleotides / chemistry


  • Aldehydes
  • Cross-Linking Reagents
  • DNA Adducts
  • Nucleotides
  • DNA polymerase iota
  • DNA-Directed DNA Polymerase
  • POLK protein, human
  • Guanidine
  • 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal