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Heat shock protein 70 stimulation of the deoxyribonucleic acid base excision repair enzyme polymerase beta.

Base excision repair (BER) of damaged deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a multistep process during which potentially lethal abasic sites temporarily exist. Repair of these lesions is greatly stimulated by heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70), which enhances strand incision and removal of the abasic sites by human apurinic-apyrimidinic endonuclease (HAP1). The resulting single-strand gaps must then be filled in. Here, we show that Hsp70 and its 48- and 43-kDa N-terminal domains greatly stimulated filling in the single-strand gaps by DNA polymerase beta, a novel finding that extends the role of Hsps in DNA repair. Incorporation of deoxyguanosine monophosphate (dGMP) to fill in single-strand gaps in DNA phagemid pBKS by DNA polymerase beta was stimulated by Hsp70. Truncated proteins derived from the C-terminus of Hsp70 as well as unrelated proteins were less effective, but proteins derived from the N-terminus of Hsp70 remained efficient stimulators of DNA polymerase beta repair of DNA single-strand gaps. In agreement with these results, repair of a gap in a 30-bp oligonucleotide by polymerase beta also was strongly stimulated by Hsp70 although not by a truncated protein from the C-terminus of Hsp70. Sealing of the repaired site in the oligonucleotide by human DNA ligase 1 was not specifically stimulated by Hsp-related proteins. Results presented here now implicate and extend the role of Hsp70 as a partner in the enzymatic repair of damaged DNA. The participation of Hsp70 jointly with base excision enzymes improves repair efficiency by mechanisms that are not yet understood.[1]


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