The GT to GC single nucleotide polymorphism at the beginning of an alternative exon 2C of human MTH1 gene confers an amino terminal extension that functions as a mitochondrial targeting signal

Yasunari Sakai, Hisanobu Oda, Daisuke Yoshimura, Masato Furuichi, Dongchon Kang, Shigenori Iwai, Toshiro Hara, Yusaku Nakabeppu

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Human MTH1 protein hydrolyzes oxidized purine nucleotides 8-oxo-2′-deoxyguanosine triphosphate (8-oxo-dGTP), 2-OH-dATP or their ribo-forms to their monophosphates, thus minimizing replicational and transcriptional errors both in the nuclei and mitochondria. MTH1 suppresses mitochondrial dysfunction and cell death caused by H2O2. Furthermore, MTH1 suppresses the transient increase in 8-oxoguanine in mitochondrial DNA in the dopaminergic nerve terminals in mouse striatum after 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine administration, and it protects the nerve terminals. We previously reported that a novel MTH1 allele with a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in its exon 2c segment encodes the fourth MTH1 isoform, namely, MTH1a (p26), in addition to the three known isoforms, MTH1b (p22), c (p21), and d (p18). Another SNP located in exon 4 of the MTH1 gene, which is closely linked to the SNP in exon 2c, substitutes the Val83 residue in MTH1d with Met83. We herein show that all MTH1 isoforms efficiently hydrolyzed 2-OH-dATP and 8-oxo-dGTP. The amino terminal region of MTH1a functioned as a mitochondrial targeting signal when it was expressed in the HeLa cells as a fusion protein with enhanced green fluorescent protein. The cellular fractionation revealed that MTH1a(Met83) was localized in the mitochondria to the same extent as was MTH1d(Val83). However, the mitochondrial translocation of MTH1d(Met83) was less efficient than that of MTH1d(Val83).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-670
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Molecular Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery
  • Genetics(clinical)

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