AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Characterization of the human AlkB homologue 4 (hABH4)

by Linn Bjørnstad

Institution: University of Oslo
Year: 1000
Keywords: hABH4 metylering epigenetiske modifikasjoner; VDP::473
Record ID: 1281025
Full text PDF: https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/11522


Abstract The E. coli AlkB protein reverses methylation damage from DNA and RNA by oxidative demethylation, a reaction dependent on Fe(II) and 2-oxoglutarate. Based on sequence similarity, eight human AlkB homologues, denoted hABH1-8, have been identified. hABH2 and hABH3 possess repair activities similar to that of AlkB. While hABH2 is preferentially active on double-stranded DNA substrates, hABH3 is also active on RNA and prefers singlestranded substrates. The functions of hABH1 and hABH4-8 are not yet discovered. These proteins have been suggested to function in regulation of gene expression, by demethylation of 5-methylcytosine on DNA or methylated lysine or arginine residues on histones. Here, the function of hABH4 has been investigated. The enzymatic activity of hABH4 towards 5-methylcytosine was tested in vitro and in vivo. No hABH4-mediated demethylation was observed. Two proteins identified as interactants of hABH4 in by the Yeast Two-Hybrid method, may indicate a role of hABH4 transcriptional regulation. GST pull-down studies were performed to verify these interactions, but a conclusion could not be made because of high background. Further study is needed for determination of the function of hABH4.