Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases

Characterization of Trypanosoma cruzi MutY DNA glycosylase ortholog and its role in oxidative stress response.

PMID 28970112


Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan parasite and the causative agent of Chagas disease. Like most living organisms, it is susceptible to oxidative stress, and must adapt to distinct environments. Hence, DNA repair is essential for its survival and the persistence of infection. Therefore, we studied whether T. cruzi has a homolog counterpart of the MutY enzyme (TcMYH), important in the DNA Base Excision Repair (BER) mechanism. Analysis of T. cruzi genome database showed that this parasite has a putative MutY DNA glycosylase sequence. We performed heterologous complementation assays using this genomic sequence. TcMYH complemented the Escherichia coli MutY- strain, reducing the mutation rate to a level similar to wild type. In in vitro assays, TcMYH was able to remove an adenine that was opposite to 8-oxoguanine. We have also constructed a T. cruzi lineage that overexpresses MYH. Although in standard conditions this lineage has similar growth to control cells, the overexpressor is more sensitive to hydrogen peroxide and glucose oxidase than the control, probably due to accumulation of AP sites in its DNA. Localization experiments with GFP-fused TcMYH showed this enzyme is present in both nucleus and mitochondrion. QPCR and MtOX results reinforce the presence and function of TcMYH in these two organelles. Our data suggest T. cruzi has a functional MYH DNA glycosylase, which participates in nuclear and mitochondrial DNA Base Excision Repair.