DNA topoisomerase II cleavage of telomeres in vitro and in vivo

Hee Jei Yoon, In Young Choi, Mi Ran Kang, Soung Soo Kim, Mark T. Muller, Jeffrey R. Spitzner, In Kwon Chung

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In this work, we have analyzed the reactivity of DNA topoisomerase II with telomeric DNA both in vitro and in vivo. Topoisomerase II cleavage reactions were performed on the tandem repeats of telomeric DNA. Analysis of this DNA on sequencing gels revealed that DNA topoisomerase II is catalytically active in cleaving the telomere DNA repeat. The topoisomerase II cleavage site is 5'TTAGG*G3' (cleavage site marked by the asterisk) and since telomere DNA is a tandem array of the above sequence, topoisomerase cleavage sites could exist every six base pairs. Detection of topoisomerase II cleavages was strongly dependent upon one specific topoisomerase II poison, etoposide (VP-16). A number of other topoisomemse II poisons were tested but did not stimulate cleavage activity at the telomere repeat. We have also analyzed the association of endogenous topoisomerase II with chromosomal telomeric DNA in HeLa cells. The in vive complex of enzyme (ICE) bioassay was used to isolate topoisomerase II-DNA covalent complexes. In consistence with in vitro cleavage data, endogenous topoisomerase II- telomeric DNA complexes were detected in only etoposide-treated HeLa cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-120
Number of pages11
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Gene Structure and Expression
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan 7

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work was supported in part by the Genetic Engineering Research Program of the Ministry of Education (1994), the KOSEF through the Bioproducts Research Center at Yonsei University (95K2-0401-00-01-5), South Korea and National Institutes of Health grants RO1-CA63653 and P30-CA16058, USA.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Structural Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics


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