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    Forslund, Josefin M. E.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Pfeiffer, Annika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Stojkovič, Gorazd
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Wanrooij, Pauline H.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Wanrooij, Sjoerd
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    The presence of rNTPs decreases the speed of mitochondrial DNA replication2018In: PLoS Genetics, ISSN 1553-7390, E-ISSN 1553-7404, Vol. 14, no 3, article id e1007315Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ribonucleotides (rNMPs) are frequently incorporated during replication or repair by DNA polymerases and failure to remove them leads to instability of nuclear DNA (nDNA). Conversely, rNMPs appear to be relatively well-tolerated in mitochondnal DNA (mtDNA), although the mechanisms behind the tolerance remain unclear. We here show that the human mitochondrial DNA polymerase gamma (Pol gamma) bypasses single rNMPs with an unprecedentedly high fidelity and efficiency. In addition, Pol gamma exhibits a strikingly low frequency of rNMP incorporation, a property, which we find is independent of its exonuclease activity. However, the physiological levels of free rNTPs partially inhibit DNA synthesis by Pol gamma and render the polymerase more sensitive to imbalanced dNTP pools. The characteristics of Pol gamma reported here could have implications for forms of rntDNA depletion syndrome (MDS) that are associated with imbalanced cellular dNTP pools. Our results show that at the rNTPidNIP ratios that are expected to prevail in such disease states, Pol gamma enters a polymerasetexonuclease idling mode that leads to mtDNA replication stalling. This could ultimately lead to mtDNA depletion and, consequently, to mitochondrial disease phenotypes such as those observed in MDS.

  • 2. Torregrosa-Muñumer, Rubén
    et al.
    Forslund, Josefin M. E.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Goffart, Steffi
    Pfeiffer, Annika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Stojkovič, Gorazd
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Carvalho, Gustavo
    Al-Furoukh, Natalie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Blanco, Luis
    Wanrooij, Sjoerd
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Pohjoismäki, Jaakko L. O.
    PrimPol is required for replication reinitiation after mtDNA damage2017In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 114, no 43, p. 11398-11403Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Eukaryotic PrimPol is a recently discovered DNA-dependent DNA primase and translesion synthesis DNA polymerase found in the nucleus and mitochondria. Although PrimPol has been shown to be required for repriming of stalled replication forks in the nucleus, its role in mitochondria has remained unresolved. Here we demonstrate in vivo and in vitro that PrimPol can reinitiate stalled mtDNA replication and can prime mtDNA replication from nonconventional origins. Our results not only help in the understanding of how mitochondria cope with replicative stress but can also explain some controversial features of the lagging-strand replication.

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