Escherichia coli nucleoside diphosphate kinase (Ndk) catalyzes ATP-dependent synthesis of ribo- and deoxyribonucleoside triphosphates from the cognate diphosphate precursor. Recently, the Ndk polypeptide was reported to be a multifunctional base excision repair nuclease that processed uracil residues in DNA by acting sequentially as a uracil-DNA glycosylase inhibitor protein (Ugi)-sensitive uracil-DNA glycosylase, an apurinic/apyrimidiniclyase, and a 3′-phosphodiesterase [Postel, E. H. & Abramczyk, B. M. (2003) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100, 13247-13252]. Here we demonstrate that the E. coli Ndk polypeptide lacked detectable uracil-DNA glycosylase activity and, hence, was incapable of acting as a uracil-processing DNA repair nuclease. This finding was based on the following observations: (i) uracil-DNA glycosylase activity did not copurify with Ndk activity; (ii) Ndk purified from E. coli ung- cells showed no detectable uracil-DNA glycosylase activity; and (iii) Ndk failed to bind to a Ugi-Sepharose affinity column that tightly bound E. coli uracil-DNA glycosylase (Ung). Collectively, these observations demonstrate that the E. coli Ndk polypeptide does not possess inherent uracil-DNA glycosylase activity.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - 2004 Apr 27|
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