Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS

, Volume 60, Issue 10, pp 2064–2083 | Cite as

Human MutY: gene structure, protein functions and interactions, and role in carcinogenesis

  • A. R. ParkerEmail author
  • J. R. Eshleman


Faithful maintenance of the genome is crucial to the individual and the species. Oxidative DNA damage, such as 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (8-oxoG), poses a major threat to genomic integrity. 8-OxoG can mispair with 2′-deoxycytidine 5′-triphosphate or with 2′-deoxyadenosine triphosphate during DNA replication, forming C•8-oxoG and A•8-oxoG mispairs. Human MutY is responsible for recognition and removal of the inappropriately inserted adenine in an A•8-oxoG mispair. If unrepaired, the A•8-oxoG mispairs can result in deleterious C:G to A:T transversions. Human MutY functions in a postreplication repair pathway and is targeted to the newly synthesized daughter strand of DNA for removal of the adenine base. The human MutY protein is targeted to both the mitochondria and the nucleus and associates with the proliferating cell nuclear antigen, apurinic/ apyrimidinic endonuclease 1, replication protein A and mutS homolog 6 proteins. Mutations in the human MutY gene and defective activity of the human MutY protein have been detected in cancer. A direct correlation between defective A•8-oxoG repair and increased levels of genomic 8-oxoG has now been established.

Human MutY hMYH base excision repair colorectal cancer DNA repair 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine genomic instability 


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© Birkhäuser-Verlag Basel 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Medicine, Department of PathologyThe Johns Hopkins UniversityMarylandBaltimore

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