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Nucleic Acids Res. 2004 Nov 2;32(19):5820-6. Print 2004.

REV1 accumulates in DNA damage-induced nuclear foci in human cells and is implicated in mutagenesis by benzo[a]pyrenediolepoxide.

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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Louisville, KY, USA.


The REV1 gene encodes a Y-family DNA polymerase that has been postulated to have both catalytic and structural functions in translesion replication past UV photoproducts in mammalian cells. To examine if REV1 is implicated in DNA damage tolerance mechanisms after exposure of human cells to a chemical carcinogen, we generated a plasmid expressing REV1 protein fused at its C-terminus with green fluorescent protein (GFP). In transient transfection experiments, virtually all of the transfected cells had a diffuse nuclear pattern in the absence of carcinogen exposure. In contrast, in cells exposed to benzo[a]pyrenediolepoxide, the fusion protein accumulated in a focal pattern in the nucleus in 25% of the cells, and co-localized with PCNA. These data support the idea that REV1 is present at stalled replication forks. We also examined the mutagenic response at the HPRT locus of human cells that had greatly reduced levels of REV1 mRNA due to the stable expression of gene-specific ribozymes, and compared them to wild-type cells. The mutant frequency was greatly reduced in the ribozyme-expressing cells. These data indicate that REV1 is implicated in the mutagenic DNA damage tolerance response to BPDE and support the development of strategies to target this protein to prevent such mutations.

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