Quantitative LC-MS/MS analysis of 5-hydroxymethyl-2'-deoxyuridine to monitor the biological activity of J-binding protein.


Base J replaces 1% of thymine in most kinetoplastid flagellates, and is implicated in transcription regulation. Base J is synthesized in two steps: first, a thymine base in DNA is converted to 5-hydroxymethyluracil by J-binding proteins (JBP1, JBP2); secondly, a glucosyl transferase glycosylates the 5-hydroxymethyluracil to form base J. Here, we present a highly sensitive and selective LC-MS/MS method to quantify the in vitro JBP1 activity on synthetic oligonucleotide substrates. The method demonstrated successful to support biochemical studies of JBPs and can be used as a template for additional JBP activity studies or for inhibitor screening in the future.

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Analytical biochemistry
  • Volume 610
  • Pages 113930
  • Publication date 01-12-2020

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