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Ragini Bhargava, Caree R Carson, Gabriella Lee, Jeremy M Stark
A likely mechanism of chromosomal rearrangement formation involves joining the ends from two different chromosomal double-strand breaks (DSBs). These events could potentially be mediated by either of two end-joining (EJ) repair pathways [canonical nonhomologous end joining (C-NHEJ) or alternative end joining (ALT-EJ)], which cause distinct rearrangement junction patterns. The relative role of these EJ pathways during rearrangement formation has remained controversial. Along these lines, we have tested whether the DNA damage response mediated by the Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM) kinase may affect the relative influence of C-NHEJ vs...
January 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jason M Wolfs, Thomas A Hamilton, Jeremy T Lant, Marcon Laforet, Jenny Zhang, Louisa M Salemi, Gregory B Gloor, Caroline Schild-Poulter, David R Edgell
The CRISPR/Cas9 nuclease is commonly used to make gene knockouts. The blunt DNA ends generated by cleavage can be efficiently ligated by the classical nonhomologous end-joining repair pathway (c-NHEJ), regenerating the target site. This repair creates a cycle of cleavage, ligation, and target site regeneration that persists until sufficient modification of the DNA break by alternative NHEJ prevents further Cas9 cutting, generating a heterogeneous population of insertions and deletions typical of gene knockouts...
December 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Raghavendra A Shamanna, Huiming Lu, Jessica K de Freitas, Jane Tian, Deborah L Croteau, Vilhelm A Bohr
Werner syndrome (WS) is an accelerated ageing disorder with genomic instability caused by WRN protein deficiency. Many features seen in WS can be explained by the diverse functions of WRN in DNA metabolism. However, the origin of the large genomic deletions and telomere fusions are not yet understood. Here, we report that WRN regulates the pathway choice between classical (c)- and alternative (alt)-nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) during DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair. It promotes c-NHEJ via helicase and exonuclease activities and inhibits alt-NHEJ using non-enzymatic functions...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
P Gu, Y Wang, K K Bisht, L Wu, L Kukova, E M Smith, Y Xiao, S M Bailey, M Lei, J Nandakumar, S Chang
Chromosomal aberrations are a hallmark of human cancers, with complex cytogenetic rearrangements leading to genetic changes permissive for cancer initiation and progression. Protection of Telomere 1 (POT1) is an essential component of the shelterin complex and functions to maintain chromosome stability by repressing the activation of aberrant DNA damage and repair responses at telomeres. Sporadic and familial mutations in the oligosaccharide-oligonucleotide (OB) folds of POT1 have been identified in many human cancers, but the mechanism underlying how hPOT1 mutations initiate tumorigenesis has remained unclear...
November 21, 2016: Oncogene
Ylli Doksani, Titia de Lange
Shelterin protects chromosome ends from the DNA damage response. Although the mechanism of telomere protection has been studied extensively, the fate of double-strand breaks (DSBs) inside telomeres is not known. Here, we report that telomere-internal FokI-induced DSBs activate ATM kinase-dependent signaling in S-phase but are well tolerated and repaired efficiently. Homologous recombination contributes to repair, leading to increased telomere length heterogeneity typical of the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway...
November 1, 2016: Cell Reports
James West, W Warren Gill
Genome editing in large animals has tremendous practical applications, from more accurate models for medical research through improved animal welfare and production efficiency. Although genetic modification in large animals has a 30 year history, until recently technical issues limited its utility. The original methods - pronuclear injection and integrating viruses - were plagued with problems associated with low efficiency, silencing, poor regulation of gene expression, and variability associated with random integration...
June 2016: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science
Giulia Bastianello, Hiroshi Arakawa
All three B cell-specific activities of the immunoglobulin (Ig) gene re-modeling system-gene conversion, somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination-require activation-induced deaminase (AID). AID-induced DNA lesions must be further processed and dissected into different DNA recombination pathways. In order to characterize potential intermediates for Ig gene conversion, we inserted an I-SceI recognition site into the complementarity determining region 1 (CDR1) of the Ig light chain locus of the AID knockout DT40 cell line, and conditionally expressed I-SceI endonuclease...
October 3, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Valentina Palermo, Sara Rinalducci, Massimo Sanchez, Francesca Grillini, Joshua A Sommers, Robert M Brosh, Lello Zolla, Annapaola Franchitto, Pietro Pichierri
Regulation of end-processing is critical for accurate repair and to switch between homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). End resection is a two-stage process but very little is known about regulation of the long-range resection, especially in humans. WRN participates in one of the two alternative long-range resection pathways mediated by DNA2 or EXO1. Here we demonstrate that phosphorylation of WRN by CDK1 is essential to perform DNA2-dependent end resection at replication-related DSBs, promoting HR, replication recovery and chromosome stability...
2016: Nature Communications
Ana López-Saavedra, Daniel Gómez-Cabello, María Salud Domínguez-Sánchez, Fernando Mejías-Navarro, María Jesús Fernández-Ávila, Christoffel Dinant, María Isabel Martínez-Macías, Jiri Bartek, Pablo Huertas
There are two major and alternative pathways to repair DNA double-strand breaks: non-homologous end-joining and homologous recombination. Here we identify and characterize novel factors involved in choosing between these pathways; in this study we took advantage of the SeeSaw Reporter, in which the repair of double-strand breaks by homology-independent or -dependent mechanisms is distinguished by the accumulation of green or red fluorescence, respectively. Using a genome-wide human esiRNA (endoribonuclease-prepared siRNA) library, we isolate genes that control the recombination/end-joining ratio...
2016: Nature Communications
Robin Sebastian, Sathees C Raghavan
Endosulfan (ES) is an organochlorine pesticide, speculated to be associated with chromosomal abnormalities and diseases in humans. However, very little is known about the mechanism of its genotoxicity. Using in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro model systems, we show that exposure to ES induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) in a concentration and time-dependent manner. The generation of ROS results in DNA double-strand breaks either directly or in a replication-dependent manner, both in mice and human cells. Importantly, ES-induced DNA damage evokes DNA damage response, resulting in elevated levels of classical non-homologous DNA endjoining (NHEJ), the predominant double-strand break repair pathway in higher eukaryotes...
October 2016: Carcinogenesis
Wei-Ping Lee, Ming-Chih Hou, Keng-Hsin Lan, Chung-Pin Li, Yee Chao, Han-Chieh Lin, Shou-Dong Lee
Helicobacter pylori infection leads to chronic gastritis and increased risk of gastric cancer. The mechanism involves chronic inflammation. We aimed to determine the mechanism by which H. pylori infection causes telomere shortening in inflammatory gastric mucosa. Gastric biopsy specimens were obtained from 20 patients with chronic gastritis or peptic ulcer caused by H. pylori infection. The specimens showed increased NF-κB and superoxide dismutase activities and elevated expressions of PARP-1 and γ-H2AX, all of which returned to normal levels after anti-H...
September 15, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Shigeaki Sunada, Hideki Kanai, Younghyun Lee, Takeshi Yasuda, Hirokazu Hirakawa, Cuihua Liu, Akira Fujimori, Mitsuru Uesaka, Ryuichi Okayasu
High-linear energy transfer (LET) heavy ions have been increasingly employed as a useful alternative to conventional photon radiotherapy. As recent studies suggested that high LET radiation mainly affects the nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) pathway of DNA double strand break (DSB) repair, we further investigated this concept by evaluating the combined effect of an NHEJ inhibitor (NU7441) at a non-toxic concentration and carbon ions. NU7441-treated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) A549 and H1299 cells were irradiated with X-rays and carbon ions (290 MeV/n, 50 keV/μm)...
September 2016: Cancer Science
Charlene H Emerson, Alison A Bertuch
DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) are dangerous sources of genome instability and must be repaired by the cell. Nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) is an evolutionarily conserved pathway to repair DSBs by direct ligation of the ends, with no requirement for a homologous template. While NHEJ is the primary DSB repair pathway in mammalian cells, conservation of the core NHEJ factors throughout eukaryotes makes the pathway attractive for study in model organisms. The budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has been used extensively to develop a functional picture of NHEJ...
March 31, 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
Kai Yang, Rong Guo, Dongyi Xu
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are the most serious form of DNA damage. In human cells, non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) is the major pathway for the repair of DSBs. Different types of DSBs result in different subsets of NHEJ repair strategies. These variations in NHEJ repair strategies depend on numerous elements, such as the flexible recruitment of NHEJ-related proteins, the complexity of the DSB ends, and the spatial- and temporal-ordered formation of the multi-protein complex. On the one hand, current studies of DNA DSBs repair focus on the repair pathway choices between homologous recombination and classic or alternative NHEJ...
July 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Janapriya Saha, Anthony J Davis
Heritable mutations in the tumor suppressor gene BRCA1 increase a woman's lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. BRCA1's tumor suppressor function is directly linked to its myriad of functions in the cellular response to DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). BRCA1 interacts with an extensive array of DNA damage responsive proteins and plays important roles in DSB repair, mediated by the homologous recombination pathway, and in the activation of cell cycle checkpoints. However, the role of BRCA1 in the other two DSB repair pathways, classical non-homologous end-joining (C-NHEJ) and alternative NHEJ (A-NHEJ), remains unclear...
August 2016: Journal of Radiation Research
Summer B Thyme, Alexander F Schier
Error-prone repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) has been postulated to occur through classical non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) in systems ranging from nematode somatic tissues to zebrafish embryos. Contrary to this model, we show that zebrafish embryos mutant for DNA polymerase theta (Polq), a critical component of alternative end joining (alt-EJ), cannot repair DSBs induced by CRISPR/Cas9 or ionizing radiation. In the absence of DSBs, polq mutants are phenotypically normal, but they do not survive mutagenesis and display dramatic differences in the mutation profiles compared with the wild-type...
April 13, 2016: Cell Reports
Sara Ahrabi, Sovan Sarkar, Sophia X Pfister, Giacomo Pirovano, Geoff S Higgins, Andrew C G Porter, Timothy C Humphrey
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are toxic lesions, which if improperly repaired can result in cell death or genomic instability. DSB repair is usually facilitated by the classical non-homologous end joining (C-NHEJ), or homologous recombination (HR) pathways. However, a mutagenic alternative NHEJ pathway, microhomology-mediated end joining (MMEJ), can also be deployed. While MMEJ is suppressed by C-NHEJ, the relationship between HR and MMEJ is less clear. Here, we describe a role for HR genes in suppressing MMEJ in human cells...
July 8, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Kerstin Felgentreff, Sachin N Baxi, Yu Nee Lee, Kerry Dobbs, Lauren A Henderson, Krisztian Csomos, Erdyni N Tsitsikov, Mary Armanios, Jolan E Walter, Luigi D Notarangelo
PURPOSE: DNA Ligase 4 (LIG4) is a key factor in the non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) DNA double-strand break repair pathway needed for V(D)J recombination and the generation of the T cell receptor and immunoglobulin molecules. Defects in LIG4 result in a variable syndrome of growth retardation, pancytopenia, combined immunodeficiency, cellular radiosensitivity, and developmental delay. METHODS: We diagnosed a patient with LIG4 syndrome by radiosensitivity testing on peripheral blood cells, and established that two of her four healthy siblings carried the same compound heterozygous LIG4 mutations...
May 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Ganesan Govindan, Sivaprakash Ramalingam
Recent advances in the targeted genome engineering enable molecular biologists to generate sequence specific modifications with greater efficiency and higher specificity in complex eukaryotic genomes. Programmable site-specific DNA cleavage reagents and cellular DNA repair mechanisms have made this possible. These reagents have become powerful tools for delivering a site-specific genomic double-strand break (DSB) at the desired chromosomal locus, which produces sequence alterations through error-prone non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) resulting in gene inactivations/knockouts...
November 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Kate Liddiard, Brian Ruis, Taylor Takasugi, Adam Harvey, Kevin E Ashelford, Eric A Hendrickson, Duncan M Baird
Telomeres shorten with each cell division and can ultimately become substrates for nonhomologous end-joining repair, leading to large-scale genomic rearrangements of the kind frequently observed in human cancers. We have characterized more than 1400 telomere fusion events at the single-molecule level, using a combination of high-throughput sequence analysis together with experimentally induced telomeric double-stranded DNA breaks. We show that a single chromosomal dysfunctional telomere can fuse with diverse nontelomeric genomic loci, even in the presence of an otherwise stable genome, and that fusion predominates in coding regions...
May 2016: Genome Research
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