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NHEJ pathway

Peter V Deraska, Colin O'Leary, Hunter D Reavis, Shelby Labe, Tru-Khang Dinh, Jean-Bernard Lazaro, Christopher Sweeney, Alan D D'Andrea, David Kozono
Despite optimal chemotherapy, radiotherapy (RT), and/or surgery, non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) remains the leading cause of cancer-related death in the US and worldwide. Thoracic RT, a mainstay in the treatment of locally advanced NSCLC, is often restricted in efficacy by a therapeutic index limited by sensitivity of tissues surrounding the malignancy. Therefore, radiosensitizers that can improve the therapeutic index are a vital unmet need. Inhibition of the NF-κB pathway is a proposed mechanism of radiosensitization...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Xuanxuan Wang, Hai Liu, Liming Shi, Xiaoli Yu, Yanjun Gu, Xiaonan Sun
LncRNA in non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway 1 (LINP1) is an lncRNA which promotes therapeutic resistance in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). However, the expression and function of LINP1 in cervical cancer is not yet well-understood. In this study, we evaluated the expression levels of LINP1 in tumor tissues and cell lines of cervical cancer. We found that LINP1 associates with NHEJ proteins (Ku80 and DNA-PKcs). LINP1 translocates from cytosol to nucleus in response to irradiation. In addition, LINP1 knockdown significantly increases the levels of cleaved caspase3 and PARP, leading to enhanced cell apoptosis after ionizing radiation (IR)...
March 12, 2018: Cell Cycle
Vivek Tripathi, Himanshi Agarwal, Swati Priya, Harish Batra, Priyanka Modi, Monica Pandey, Dhurjhoti Saha, Sathees C Raghavan, Sagar Sengupta
Mutations in BLM in Bloom Syndrome patients predispose them to multiple types of cancers. Here we report that BLM is recruited in a biphasic manner to annotated DSBs. BLM recruitment is dependent on the presence of NBS1, MRE11 and ATM. While ATM activity is essential for BLM recruitment in early phase, it is dispensable in late phase when MRE11 exonuclease activity and RNF8-mediated ubiquitylation of BLM are the key determinants. Interaction between polyubiquitylated BLM and NBS1 is essential for the helicase to be retained at the DSBs...
March 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Conglei Li, Thergiory Irrazabal, Clare C So, Maribel Berru, Likun Du, Evelyn Lam, Alexanda K Ling, Jennifer L Gommerman, Qiang Pan-Hammarström, Alberto Martin
Class switch recombination (CSR) has a fundamental function during humoral immune response and involves the induction and subsequent repair of DNA breaks in the immunoglobulin (Ig) switch regions. Here we show the role of Usp22, the SAGA complex deubiquitinase that removes ubiquitin from H2B-K120, in the repair of programmed DNA breaks in vivo. Ablation of Usp22 in primary B cells results in defects in γH2AX and impairs the classical non-homologous end joining (c-NHEJ), affecting both V(D)J recombination and CSR...
March 8, 2018: Nature Communications
Alisa Dewan, Mengtan Xing, Marie Benner Lundbæk, Raquel Gago-Fuentes, Carole Beck, Per Arne Aas, Nina-Beate Liabakk, Siri Sæterstad, Khac Thanh Phong Chau, Bodil Merete Kavli, Valentyn Oksenych
To ensure genome stability, mammalian cells employ several DNA repair pathways. Nonhomologous DNA end joining (NHEJ) is the DNA repair process that fixes double-strand breaks throughout the cell cycle. NHEJ is involved in the development of B and T lymphocytes through its function in V(D)J recombination and class switch recombination (CSR). NHEJ consists of several core and accessory factors, including Ku70, Ku80, XRCC4, DNA ligase 4, DNA-PKcs, Artemis, and XLF. Paralog of XRCC4 and XLF (PAXX) is the recently described accessory NHEJ factor that structurally resembles XRCC4 and XLF and interacts with Ku70/Ku80...
March 2018: FEBS Open Bio
Raquel Gago-Fuentes, Mengtan Xing, Siri Sæterstad, Antonio Sarno, Alisa Dewan, Carole Beck, Stefano Bradamante, Magnar Bjørås, Valentyn Oksenych
DNA repair consists of several cellular pathways which recognize and repair damaged DNA. The classical nonhomologous DNA end-joining (NHEJ) pathway repairs double-strand breaks in DNA. It is required for maturation of both B and T lymphocytes by supporting V(D)J recombination as well as B-cell differentiation during class switch recombination (CSR). Inactivation of NHEJ factors Ku70, Ku80, XRCC4, DNA ligase 4, DNA-PKcs, and Artemis impairs V(D)J recombination and blocks lymphocyte development. Paralogue of XRCC4 and XLF (PAXX) is an accessory NHEJ factor that has a significant impact on the repair of DNA lesions induced by ionizing radiation in human, murine, and chicken cells...
March 2018: FEBS Open Bio
Yibo Zhang, Zhiwei Zhang, Wei Ge
Homology-directed recombination (HDR)-mediated genome editing is a powerful approach for both basic functional study and disease modeling. Although some studies have reported HDR-mediated precise editing in non-rodent models, the efficiency of establishing pure mutant animal lines that carry specific amino acid substitutions remains low. Furthermore, because the efficiency of nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ)-induced insertion and deletion (indel) mutations is normally much higher than that of HDR-induced point mutations, it is often difficult to identify the latter in the background of indel mutations...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Charlene H Emerson, Christopher R Lopez, Albert Ribes-Zamora, Erica J Polleys, Christopher L Williams, Lythou Yeo, Jacques E Zaneveld, Rui Chen, Alison A Bertuch
The Ku heterodimer acts centrally in non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) of DNA double strand breaks (DSB). Saccharomyces cerevisiae Ku, like mammalian Ku, binds and recruits NHEJ factors to DSB ends. Consequently, NHEJ is virtually absent in yeast Ku null ( yku 70Δ or yku80Δ ) strains. Previously, we unexpectedly observed imprecise NHEJ proficiency in a yeast Ku mutant with impaired DNA end-binding (DEB). However, how DEB impairment supported imprecise NHEJ was unknown. Here, we found imprecise NHEJ proficiency to be a feature of a panel of DEB-impaired Ku mutants and that DEB impairment resulted in a deficiency in precise NHEJ...
March 2, 2018: Genetics
Barbara Bukowska, Boleslaw T Karwowski
The clustered DNA lesions are a characteristic feature of ionizing radiation and are defined as two or more damage sites formed within 20 bps after the passage of a single radiation track. The clustered DNA lesions are divided into two major groups: double-stranded breaks (DSBs) and non-DSB clusters also known as Oxidatively-induced Clustered DNA Lesions (OCDLs), which could involve either two opposing strands or the same strand. As irradiation is gaining greater interest in cancer treatment as well as in imaging techniques, the detailed knowledge of its genotoxicity and the mechanisms of repair of radiation-induced DNA damage remain issues to explore...
February 25, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Marek Adamowicz, Fabrizio d'Adda di Fagagna, Jelena Vermezovic
DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) controls one of the most frequently used DNA repair pathways in a cell, the non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway. However, the exact role of DNA-PKcs in NHEJ remains poorly defined. Here we show that NOTCH1 attenuates DNA-PKcs-mediated autophosphorylation, as well as the phosphorylation of its specific substrate XRCC4. Surprisingly, NOTCH1-expressing cells do not display any significant impairment in the DNA damage repair, nor cellular survival, and remain sensitive to small molecule DNA-PKcs inhibitor...
February 1, 2018: Mutation Research
Laura J Eccles, Andrew C Bell, Simon N Powell
When Fanconi Anemia (FA) proteins were depleted in human U2OS cells with integrated DNA repair reporters, we observed decreases in homologous recombination (HR), decreases in mutagenic non-homologous end joining (m-NHEJ) and increases in canonical NHEJ, which was independently confirmed by measuring V(D)J recombination. Furthermore, depletion of FA proteins resulted in reduced HR protein foci and increased NHEJ protein recruitment to replication-associated DSBs, consistent with our observation that the use of canonical NHEJ increases after depletion of FA proteins in cycling cells...
February 10, 2018: DNA Repair
C Rodriguez, M Carpano, P Curotto, S Thorp, M Casal, G Juvenal, M Pisarev, M A Dagrosa
Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) for aggressive tumors is based on nuclear reaction [ 10 B (n, α) 7 Li]. Previously, we demonstrated that BNCT could be applied for the treatment of undifferentiated thyroid carcinoma. The aim of the present study was to describe the DNA damage pattern and the repair pathways that are activated by BNCT in thyroid cells. We analyzed γH2AX foci and the expression of Ku70, Rad51 and Rad54, main effector enzymes of non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) and homologous recombination repair (HRR) pathways, respectively, in thyroid follicular carcinoma cells...
February 16, 2018: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Preety Kadian Singh, Kinnari Mistry, C Haritha, D N Rank, Chaitanya Joshi
Non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway has pivotal role in repair of double-strand DNA breaks that may lead to carcinogenesis. XRCC4 is one of the essential proteins of this pathway and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of this gene are reported to be associated with cancer risks. In our study, we first used computational approaches to predict the damaging variants of XRCC4 gene. Tools predicted rs79561451 (S110P) nsSNP as the most deleterious SNP. Along with this SNP, we analysed other two SNPs (rs3734091 and rs6869366) to study their association with breast cancer in population of West India...
February 13, 2018: Gene
Paulina Kopa, Anna Macieja, Grzegorz Galita, Zbigniew J Witczak, Tomasz Poplawski
DNA Double-strand breaks are considered one of the most lethal form of DNA damage. Many effective anticancer therapeutic approaches used chemical and physical methods to generate DNA double-strand breaks in the cancer cells. They include: IR and drugs which mimetic its action, topoisomerase poisons, some alkylating agents or drugs which affected DNA replication process. On the other hand, cancer cells are mostly characterized by highly effective systems of DNA damage repair. There are two main DNA repair pathways used to fix double-strand breaks: NHEJ and HRR...
February 13, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Xue Li, Yingchun Wang, Jia Wang, Tianwei Zhang, Li Zheng, Zhenfan Yang, Ligang Xing, Jinming Yu
The prognosis of patients with brain metastasis (BM) is poor. In this study, we demonstrated that AZD3759, an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) with excellent blood-brain barrier (BBB) penetration, combined with radiation enhanced the antitumor efficacy in BM model from EGFR mutant (EGFRm) NSCLC. Besides, the antitumor activity displayed no difference between radiation concurrently with AZD3759 and radiation sequentially with AZD3759. Mechanistically, we found that two factors determined the enhanced efficacy: cells with EGFRm which were sensitive to AZD3759, and a relative high concentration of AZD3759...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Yunes Panahi, Amir Fattahi, Hamid Reza Nejabati, Sina Abroon, Zeinab Latifi, Abolfazl Akbarzadeh, Tohid Ghasemnejad
Sulfur mustard (SM) is an alkylating agent that causes severe damages to the skin, eyes, and the respiratory system. DNA alkylation is one of the most critical lesions that could lead to monoadducts and cross-links, as well as DNA strand breaks. In response to these adducts, cells initiate a series of reactions to recruit specific DNA repair pathways. The main DNA repair pathways in human cells, which could be involved in the DNA SM-induced DNA damages, are base excision repair (BER), nucleotide excision repair (NER), homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ)...
February 2, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Hai Liu, Xuanxuan Wang, Aihua Huang, Huaping Gao, Yikan Sun, Tingting Jiang, Liming Shi, Xianjie Wu, Qinghua Dong, Xiaonan Sun
Artemis is a key protein of NHEJ (non-homologous end-joining), which is the major pathway for the repair of IR-inducedDSBs in mammalian cells. However, it has not been largely investigated about the expression of Artemis in tumor and the influence of silencing Artemis on the tumor's sensitivity to radiation. In this study, we investigated how expression levels of Artemis may affect treatment outcome of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in colorectal cancer cells. Firstly, we found that the expression of Artemis is strong in some human rectal cancer samples, even can be higher than adjacent normal tissues using immunohistochemical staining...
February 9, 2018: Oncology Research
Junghyun Ryu, Randall S Prather, Kiho Lee
Pigs are an important resource in agriculture and serve as a model for human diseases. Due to their physiological and anatomical similarities with humans, pigs can recapitulate symptoms of human diseases, making them a useful model in biomedicine. However, in the past pig models have not been widely used partially because of the difficulty in genetic modification. The lack of true embryonic stem cells in pigs forced researchers to utilize genetic modification in somatic cells and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) to generate genetically engineered (GE) pigs carrying site-specific modifications...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Emilie Lesport, Alina Ferster, Armand Biver, Benoit Roch, Nadia Vasquez, Nada Jabado, Francina Langa Vives, Patrick Revy, Jean Soulier, Jean-Pierre de Villartay
The Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway is implicated in the repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICL). In this process, it has been shown that FA factors regulate the choice for DNA double strand break repair towards homologous recombination (HR). As this mechanism is impaired in FA deficient cells exposed to crosslinking agents, an inappropriate usage of non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) leads to the accumulation of toxic chromosomal abnormalities. We studied a family with two FANCG patients and found a genetically inherited attenuation of mitomycin C sensitivity resulting in-vitro in an attenuated phenotype for one patient or in increased resistance for two healthy relatives...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Wei-Ting Lu, Ben R Hawley, George L Skalka, Robert A Baldock, Ewan M Smith, Aldo S Bader, Michal Malewicz, Felicity Z Watts, Ania Wilczynska, Martin Bushell
The error-free and efficient repair of DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs) is extremely important for cell survival. RNA has been implicated in the resolution of DNA damage but the mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we show that miRNA biogenesis enzymes, Drosha and Dicer, control the recruitment of repair factors from multiple pathways to sites of damage. Depletion of Drosha significantly reduces DNA repair by both homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). Drosha is required within minutes of break induction, suggesting a central and early role for RNA processing in DNA repair...
February 7, 2018: Nature Communications
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