6-Thioguanine perturbs cytosine methylation at the CpG dinucleotide site by DNA methyltransferases in vitro and acts as a DNA demethylating agent in vivo.

@article{Wang20096ThioguaninePC,
  title={6-Thioguanine perturbs cytosine methylation at the CpG dinucleotide site by DNA methyltransferases in vitro and acts as a DNA demethylating agent in vivo.},
  author={Hongxia Wang and Yinsheng Wang},
  journal={Biochemistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={48 10},
  pages={2290-9}
}
Thiopurines are among the most successful chemotherapeutic agents for treating a number of human diseases including acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The mechanisms through which the thiopurines elicit their cytotoxic effects remain unclear. We postulate that the incorporation of 6-thioguanine into the CpG site may perturb the methyltransferase-mediated cytosine methylation at this site, thereby interfering with the epigenetic pathways of gene regulation. To gain biochemical evidence for this… CONTINUE READING

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