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Title: Intrinsic mutagenic properties of 5-chlorocytosine: A mechanistic connection between chronic inflammation and cancer.

Authors: Fedeles, Bogdan I; Freudenthal, Bret D; Yau, Emily; Singh, Vipender; Chang, Shiou-chi; Li, Deyu; Delaney, James C; Wilson, Samuel H; Essigmann, John M

Published In Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, (2015 Aug 18)

Abstract: During chronic inflammation, neutrophil-secreted hypochlorous acid can damage nearby cells inducing the genomic accumulation of 5-chlorocytosine (5ClC), a known inflammation biomarker. Although 5ClC has been shown to promote epigenetic changes, it has been unknown heretofore if 5ClC directly perpetrates a mutagenic outcome within the cell. The present work shows that 5ClC is intrinsically mutagenic, both in vitro and, at a level of a single molecule per cell, in vivo. Using biochemical and genetic approaches, we have quantified the mutagenic and toxic properties of 5ClC, showing that this lesion caused C→T transitions at frequencies ranging from 3-9% depending on the polymerase traversing the lesion. X-ray crystallographic studies provided a molecular basis for the mutagenicity of 5ClC; a snapshot of human polymerase β replicating across a primed 5ClC-containing template uncovered 5ClC engaged in a nascent base pair with an incoming dATP analog. Accommodation of the chlorine substituent in the template major groove enabled a unique interaction between 5ClC and the incoming dATP, which would facilitate mutagenic lesion bypass. The type of mutation induced by 5ClC, the C→T transition, has been previously shown to occur in substantial amounts both in tissues under inflammatory stress and in the genomes of many inflammation-associated cancers. In fact, many sequence-specific mutational signatures uncovered in sequenced cancer genomes feature C→T mutations. Therefore, the mutagenic ability of 5ClC documented in the present study may constitute a direct functional link between chronic inflammation and the genetic changes that enable and promote malignant transformation.

PubMed ID: 26243878 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Biomarkers, Tumor/metabolism; Carcinogenesis; Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid; Cytosine/analogs & derivatives*; Cytosine/chemistry; DNA Mutational Analysis; Humans; Hypochlorous Acid/chemistry; Inflammation/metabolism; Inflammatory Bowel Diseases/metabolism; Models, Molecular; Mutagenesis*; Mutagens*; Mutation; Neoplasms/metabolism*; Oligonucleotides/chemistry; Oligonucleotides/genetics; Peroxidase/metabolism; Sequence Analysis, DNA

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