Evidence against DNA polymerase beta as a candidate gene for Werner syndrome

Hum Genet. 1994 May;93(5):507-12. doi: 10.1007/BF00202813.


Werner syndrome (WS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of humans characterized by the premature onset and accelerated rate of development of several major age-related disorders. An aberration in DNA replication or repair is suggested by the evidence of genome instability. Since the structural gene for DNA polymerase beta maps within the region of the WS mutation on the short arm of chromosome 8 and is involved in both DNA repair and DNA replication, we evaluated its candidacy as the WS gene. Several independent lines of evidence did not support that hypothesis: (1) activity gels showed normal enzyme activity and electrophoretic mobility; (2) nucleotide sequence analysis of the entire coding region failed to reveal mutations (although indicated mistakes in the published sequence); (3) single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) and heteroduplex analyses failed to reveal evidence of mutations in the promoter region; (4) a newly discerned polymorphism failed to reveal evidence of homozygosity by descent in a consanguineous patient; and 5) fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis placed the DNA polymerase beta gene centromeric to D8S135 at 8p11.2 and thus beyond the region of peak LOD scores for WS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 8
  • Consanguinity
  • DNA Polymerase I / genetics*
  • DNA Polymerase I / metabolism
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Female
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Male
  • Pedigree
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Regulatory Sequences, Nucleic Acid
  • Werner Syndrome / enzymology
  • Werner Syndrome / genetics*


  • DNA Polymerase I