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The DNMT3A R882H mutant displays altered flanking sequence preferences

Emperle, Max, Rajavelu, Arumugam, Kunert, Stefan, Arimondo, Paola B., Reinhardt, Richard, Jurkowska, Renata Z. ORCID: and Jeltsch, Albert 2018. The DNMT3A R882H mutant displays altered flanking sequence preferences. Nucleic Acids Research 46 (6) , pp. 3130-3139. 10.1093/nar/gky168

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The DNMT3A R882H mutation is frequently observed in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It is located in the subunit and DNA binding interface of DNMT3A and has been reported to cause a reduction in activity and dominant negative effects. We investigated the mechanistic consequences of the R882H mutation on DNMT3A showing a roughly 40% reduction in overall DNA methylation activity. Biochemical assays demonstrated that R882H does not change DNA binding affinity, protein stability or subnuclear distribution of DNMT3A. Strikingly, DNA methylation experiments revealed pronounced changes in the flanking sequence preference of the DNMT3A-R882H mutant. Based on these results, different DNA substrates with selected flanking sequences were designed to be favored or disfavored by R882H. Kinetic analyses showed that the R882H favored substrate was methylated by R882H with 45% increased rate when compared with wildtype DNMT3A, while methylation of the disfavored substrate was reduced 7-fold. Our data expand the model of the potential carcinogenic effect of the R882H mutation by showing CpG site specific activity changes. This result suggests that R882 is involved in the indirect readout of flanking sequence preferences of DNMT3A and it may explain the particular enrichment of theR882Hmutation in cancer patients by revealing mutation specific effects.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Additional Information: This article is available under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC license and permits non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0305-1048
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 27 February 2018
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 08:02

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