Structure-specific nuclease activity in yeast nucleotide excision repair protein Rad2

Yvette Habraken, Patrick Sung, Louise Prakash, Satya Prakash

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Abstract

Saccharomyces cerevisiae Rad2 protein functions in the incision step of the nucleotide excision repair of DNA damaged by ultraviolet light. Rad2 was previously shown to act endonucleolytically on circular single-stranded M13 DNA and also to have a 5' → 3' exonuclease activity (Habraken, Y., Sung, P., Prakash, L., and Prakash, S. (1993) Nature 366, 365-368; Habraken, Y., Sung, P., Prakash, L., and Prakash, S. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 31342-31345). Using two different branched DNA structures, pseudo Y and flap, we have determined that Rad2 specifically cleaves the 5'-overhanging single strand in these DNAs. Rad2 nuclease is more active on the flap structure than on the pseudo Y structure. Rad2 also acts on a bubble structure that contains an unpaired region of 14 nucleotides, but with a lower efficiency than on the pseudo Y or flap structure. The incision points occur at and around the single strand-duplex junction in the three classes of DNA structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30194-30198
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume270
Issue number50
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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