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What can potentially damage DNA integrity

Chemicals - water, uv light, reactive oxygen species etc
Modifications (alkylation)
Replication errors


What types of spontaneous DNA damage usually occur

Hydrolytic attack
Oxidative damage
Non enzymatic methylation
Methylation of single stranded DNA (ssDNA)


What types of chemical can occur to individual bases

Base oxidation (e.g. guanine oxidation)
Depurination (sugar or nucleotide)
Deamination (NH2 removed)


Name some DNA repair pathways and any major implications in cancer

Base Excision repair (BER)(colorectal cancer)
MissMatch Repair (MMR)(HNPCC)
Nucleotide Excision repair (NER)(skin cancer)
Single Strand Break Repair (SSBR)
Lesion Bypass
DNA Double Strand break repair
DNA interstrand cross link repair


How can we find gene mutations associated with DNA repair

Positional cloning of gene that corresponds to the human disease.


What is the mechanism of Base Excision Repair (BER)

DNA Glycosylases create abasic/aurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) sites (replaces a nucleotide).
Activity signifies damaged bases at the site of insertion.
AP site recognised by AP endonuclease 1. Cleaves the DNA phosphodiester backbone. Polymerases fill the gap. Can either fix the single nucleotide (short patch repair), or fix the whole section (long patch repair)


What happens when Base Excision Repair (BER) doesn't work properly

Causes 'mutator phenotype'
Spontaneous mutations appear far more often
Bad because ^ causes cancer (specifically head/neck/naso-pharyngeal cancer).


What is the mechanism of Single Strand Break Repair (SSBR)

DNA damage recognition.
5' end: APTX (Aprataxin) removes AMP. Polynucleotide 5' kinase adds a phosphate group
3' end: Polynucleotide kinase 3' phosphatase removes the phosphate group. TDP1 (Tyrosyl-DNA-Phosphodiesterase) removes products associated with abortive topoisomerase reactions.


What is the difference between TTRAP and TDP1

They both possess 3' tyrosyl DNA phosphodiesterase activity, but TTRAP also possesses 5' activity


Name a disease associated with Single Strand Break Repair (SSBR) genes

Recessive spinocerebrellar ataxias (uncoordinated movement/gait)


What is the mechanism of Mismatch Repair (MMR)