Modulation of Pleurodeles waltl DNA polymerase mu expression by extreme conditions encountered during spaceflight
Schenten, V., et al. (2013). "Modulation of Pleurodeles waltl DNA polymerase mu expression by extreme conditions encountered during spaceflight." PLoS One 8 7: e69647
DNA polymerase micro is involved in DNA repair, V(D)J recombination and likely somatic hypermutation of immunoglobulin genes. Our previous studies demonstrated that spaceflight conditions affect immunoglobulin gene expression and somatic hypermutation frequency. Consequently, we questioned whether Polmu expression could also be affected. To address this question, we characterized Polmu of the Iberian ribbed newt Pleurodeles waltl and exposed embryos of that species to spaceflight conditions or to environmental modifications corresponding to those encountered in the International Space Station. We noted a robust expression of Polmu mRNA during early ontogenesis and in the testis, suggesting that Polmu is involved in genomic stability. Full-length Polmu transcripts are 8-9 times more abundant in P. waltl than in humans and mice, thereby providing an explanation for the somatic hypermutation predilection of G and C bases in amphibians. Polmu transcription decreases after 10 days of development in space and radiation seem primarily involved in this down-regulation. However, space radiation, alone or in combination with a perturbation of the circadian rhythm, did not affect Polmu protein levels and did not induce protein oxidation, showing the limited impact of radiation encountered during a 10-day stay in the International Space Station.
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