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Title: Insights into the Direct Oxidative Repair of Etheno Lesions: MD and QM/MM Study on the Substrate Scope of ALKBH2 and AlkB.

Authors: Lenz, Stefan A P; Li, Deyu; Wetmore, Stacey D

Published In DNA Repair (Amst), (2020 12)

Abstract: E. coli AlkB and human ALKBH2 belong to the AlkB family enzymes, which contain several α-ketoglutarate (α-KG)/Fe(II)-dependent dioxygenases that repair alkylated DNA. Specifically, the AlkB enzymes catalyze decarboxylation of α-KG to generate a high-valent Fe(IV)-oxo species that oxidizes alkyl groups on DNA adducts. AlkB and ALKBH2 have been reported to differentially repair select etheno adducts, with preferences for 1,N6-ethenoadenine (1,N6-εA) and 3,N4-ethenocytosine (3,N4-εC) over 1,N2-ethenoguanine (1,N2-εG). However, N2,3-ethenoguanine (N2,3-εG), the most common etheno adduct, is not repaired by the AlkB enzymes. Unfortunately, a structural understanding of the differential activity of E. coli AlkB and human ALKBH2 is lacking due to challenges acquiring atomistic details for a range of substrates using experiments. This study uses both molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and ONIOM(QM:MM) calculations to determine how the active site changes upon binding each etheno adduct and characterizes the corresponding catalytic impacts. Our data reveal that the preferred etheno substrates (1,N6-εA and 3,N4-εC) form favorable interactions with catalytic residues that situate the lesion near the Fe(IV)-oxo species and permit efficient oxidation. In contrast, although the damage remains correctly aligned with respect to the Fe(IV)-oxo moiety, repair of 1,N2-εG is mitigated by increased solvation of the active site and a larger distance between Fe(IV)-oxo and the aberrant carbons. Binding of non-substrate N2,3-εG in the active site disrupts key DNA-enzyme interactions, and positions the aberrant carbon atoms even further from the Fe(IV)-oxo species, leading to prohibitively high barriers for oxidative catalysis. Overall, our calculations provide the first structural insight required to rationalize the experimentally-reported substrate specificities of AlkB and ALKBH2 and thereby highlight the roles of several active site residues in the repair of etheno adducts that directly correlates with available experimental data. These proposed catalytic strategies can likely be generalized to other α-KG/Fe(II)-dependent dioxygenases that play similar critical biological roles, including epigenetic and post-translational regulation.

PubMed ID: 33161373 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Adenine/analogs & derivatives; Adenine/metabolism; AlkB Homolog 2, Alpha-Ketoglutarate-Dependent Dioxygenase/chemistry; AlkB Homolog 2, Alpha-Ketoglutarate-Dependent Dioxygenase/metabolism*; Catalytic Domain*; Computational Biology; Cytosine/analogs & derivatives; Cytosine/metabolism; DNA Adducts/chemistry; DNA Adducts/metabolism*; DNA Repair*; Escherichia coli Proteins/chemistry; Escherichia coli Proteins/metabolism*; Escherichia coli/enzymology; Escherichia coli/genetics; Guanine/analogs & derivatives; Guanine/metabolism; Humans; Mixed Function Oxygenases/chemistry; Mixed Function Oxygenases/metabolism*; Models, Molecular; Molecular Dynamics Simulation*; Protein Conformation; Substrate Specificity

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