Proliferation-dependent expression of nuclear uracil-DNA glycosylase is mediated in part by E2F-4

Susan Muller-Weeks, Richard J. Balzer, Raina Anderson, Sal Caradonna

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There are two isoforms of the prototypical human uracil-DNA glycosylase: one mitochondrial (UDG1) and one nuclear (UDG1A). Results presented here reveal a novel genetic organization of UDG1. Specifically, the UDG1 5′ UTR is composed of two non-coding exons and the promoter region is located much farther upstream than previously recognized. We also examine the proliferation- dependent expression of UDG1A and demonstrate that the protein disappears rapidly as cells transit from the cell cycle into G 0. Ribonuclease protection assays reveal that UDG1A mRNA levels are greatly reduced during G 0 as well. To begin to characterize the mechanisms contributing to this regulation, we identified two overlapping candidate E2F binding sites (denoted A and B) in the UDG1A 5′ UTR. EMSA analysis of this region shows a unique protein complex present only in extracts derived from G 0 cells. In vitro studies using purified E2F-4 and mutant competitors demonstrate that binding occurs in a proliferation-dependent manner exclusively to E2F site A. Two approaches were then used to assess the in vivo role of the candidate E2F sites. First, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) analysis demonstrates that E2F-4 binds to the UDG1A 5′ UTR exclusively in G 0 cells. Secondly, using transient transfection analysis, we show that mutating these sites abolishes the proliferation-dependent response of UDG1A.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalDNA Repair
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 3 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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