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Zhi-Yong He, Wen-Yue Wang, Wei-Yan Hu, Lu Yang, Yan Li, Wei-Yuan Zhang, Ya-Shu Yang, Si-Cheng Liu, Feng-Lan Zhang, Rong Mei, Da Xing, Zhi-Cheng Xiao, Ming Zhang
The PP2C family member Wild-type p53-induced phosphatase 1 (Wip1) critically regulates DNA damage response (DDR) under stressful situations. In the present study, we investigated whether Wip1 expression was involved in the regulation of DDR-induced and depression-related cellular senescence in mouse hippocampus. We found that Wip1 gene knockout (KO) mice showed aberrant elevation of hippocampal cellular senescence and of γ-H2AX activity, which is known as a biomarker of DDR and cellular senescence, indicating that the lack of Wip1-mediated γ-H2AX dephosphorylation facilitates cellular senescence in hippocampus...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jayne Moquet, Stephen Barnard, Albena Staynova, Carita Lindholm, Octávia Monteiro Gil, Vanda Martins, Ute Rößler, Anne Vral, Charlot Vandevoorde, Maria Wojewódzka, Kai Rothkamm
PURPOSE: Within the EU RENEB project, seven laboratories have taken part in training and harmonisation activities to strengthen triage gamma-H2AX-based radiation exposure assessment. This has culminated in a second triage biodosimetry exercise. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Whole blood and separated lymphocyte samples were homogenously irradiated with (60)Co gamma rays at 0.5, 2.5 (blind samples), 0 and 2 Gy (reference samples). Following post-exposure incubations of 4 and 24 h, 16 samples were shipped on ice packs to each partner...
August 15, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
D Ding, Y Zhang, J Wang, X Zhang, Y Gao, L Yin, Q Li, J Li, H Chen
Human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HPBLs) are one of the most sensitive cells to ionizing radiation (IR) in the human body, and IR-induced DNA damage and functional impairment of HPBLs are the adverse consequences of IR accidents and major side effects of radiotherapy. Phosphorylated H2AX (γH2AX) is a sensitive marker for DNA double-strand breaks, but the role and regulation of the pan-nuclear γH2AX response in HPBLs after IR remain unclear. We herein demonstrated that the pan-nuclear γH2AX signals were increased in a time- and dose-dependent manner, colocalized with >94% of TUNEL apoptotic staining, and displayed a typical apoptotic pattern in resting HPBLs after low LET X-ray IR...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
Ilgen Mender, Jerry W Shay
Telomerase maintains telomeric DNA in eukaryotes during early developments, ~90% of cancer cells and some proliferative stem like cells. Telomeric repeats at the end of chromosomes are associated with the shelterin complex. This complex consists of TRF1, TRF2, Rap1, TIN2, TPP1, POT1 which protect DNA from being recognized as DNA double-stranded breaks. Critically short telomeres or impaired shelterin proteins can cause telomere dysfunction, which eventually induces DNA damage responses at the telomeres. DNA damage responses can be identified by antibodies to 53BP1, gammaH2AX, Rad17, ATM, and Mre11...
November 20, 2015: Bio-protocol
Ki-Man Lee, Ui-Seob Lee, Eun-Hee Kim
An alpha particle irradiator has been built in the Radiation Bioengineering Laboratory at Seoul National University (SNU) to investigate the cellular responses to alpha emissions from radon and the progeny. This irradiator is designed to have the energy of alpha particles entering target cells similar to that of alpha emissions from the radon progeny Po-218 and Po-214 residing in the human respiratory tract. For the SNU alpha particle irradiator, an irradiation system is equipped with cell dishes of 4µm thick Mylar bottom and a special setup of cells on slide for gamma-H2AX assay...
September 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Johanna S Selvaratnam, Bernard Robaire
Advanced paternal age is linked to complications in pregnancy and genetic diseases in offspring. Aging results in excess reactive oxygen species (ROS) and DNA damage in spermatozoa; this damage can be transmitted to progeny with detrimental consequences. Although there is a loss of antioxidants with aging, the impact on aging male germ cells of the complete absence of either catalase (CAT) or superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) has not been investigated. We used CAT-null (Cat(-/-)) and SOD1-null (Sod(-/-)) mice to determine whether loss of these antioxidants increases germ cell susceptibility to redox dysfunction with aging...
September 2016: Biology of Reproduction
J Zámborszky, B Szikriszt, J Z Gervai, O Pipek, Á Póti, M Krzystanek, D Ribli, J M Szalai-Gindl, I Csabai, Z Szallasi, C Swanton, A L Richardson, D Szüts
Loss-of-function mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes increase the risk of cancer. Owing to their function in homologous recombination repair, much research has focused on the unstable genomic phenotype of BRCA1/2 mutant cells manifest mainly as large-scale rearrangements. We used whole-genome sequencing of multiple isogenic chicken DT40 cell clones to precisely determine the consequences of BRCA1/2 loss on all types of genomic mutagenesis. Spontaneous base substitution mutation rates increased sevenfold upon the disruption of either BRCA1 or BRCA2, and the arising mutation spectra showed strong and specific correlation with a mutation signature associated with BRCA1/2 mutant tumours...
July 25, 2016: Oncogene
Anne-Laure Renault, Fabienne Lesueur, Yan Coulombe, Stéphane Gobeil, Penny Soucy, Yosr Hamdi, Sylvie Desjardins, Florence Le Calvez-Kelm, Maxime Vallée, Catherine Voegele, John L Hopper, Irene L Andrulis, Melissa C Southey, Esther M John, Jean-Yves Masson, Sean V Tavtigian, Jacques Simard
Approximately half of the familial aggregation of breast cancer remains unexplained. This proportion is less for early-onset disease where familial aggregation is greater, suggesting that other susceptibility genes remain to be discovered. The majority of known breast cancer susceptibility genes are involved in the DNA double-strand break repair pathway. ABRAXAS is involved in this pathway and mutations in this gene impair BRCA1 recruitment to DNA damage foci and increase cell sensitivity to ionizing radiation...
2016: PloS One
Jing Wang, Lina Yin, Junxiang Zhang, Yaping Zhang, Xuxia Zhang, Defang Ding, Yun Gao, Qiang Li, Honghong Chen
Establishing a rat model suitable for γ-H2AX biodosimeter studies has important implications for dose assessment of internal radionuclide contamination in humans. In this study, γ-H2AX, p-ATM and p-DNA-PKcs foci were enumerated using immunocytofluorescence method, and their protein levels were measured by Western blot in rat blood lymphocytes and granulocytes exposed to γ-rays compared with human blood lymphocytes and granulocytes. It was found that DNA double-strand break repair kinetics and linear dose responses in rat lymphocytes were similar to those observed in the human counterparts...
August 2016: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Bo Jiang, Shengqian Zhao, Zhen Tao, Jin Wen, Yancheng Yang, Yin Zheng, Hongling Yan, Ying Sheng, Aimin Gao
Using an in vitro model in which flatmounts of oesophagus was periodically exposed to bile acids, we demonstrate, using multiple methods, that the bile acid receptor TGR5, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and γ-histone family 2A variant (γ-H2AX) are up-regulated. This indicates that bile acids cause up-regulation of iNOS, which further causes genotoxic stress as evidenced by increase of the highly sensitive marker, phosphorylated histone. In vitro nitric oxide (NO) assays showed increased production of nitric acid in the oesophageal epithelium exposed to the bile acids...
August 2016: Bioscience Reports
Nicola Alessio, Stefania Capasso, Giovanni Di Bernardo, Salvatore Cappabianca, Fiorina Casale, Anna Calarco, Marilena Cipollaro, Gianfranco Peluso, Umberto Galderisi
Following radiotherapy, bone sarcomas account for a significant percentage of recurring tumors. This risk is further increased in patients with hereditary retinoblastoma that undergo radiotherapy. We analyzed the effect of low and medium dose radiation on mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) with inactivated RB1 gene to gain insights on the molecular mechanisms that can induce second malignant neoplasm in cancer survivors. MSC cultures contain subpopulations of mesenchymal stem cells and committed progenitors that can differentiate into mesodermal derivatives: adipocytes, chondrocytes, and osteocytes...
April 28, 2016: Cell Cycle
Vinay Jain, P R Vivek Kumar, P K M Koya, G Jaikrishan, Birajalaxmi Das
The high level natural radiation area (HLNRA) of Kerala is a 55km long and 0.5km wide strip in south west coast of India. The level of background radiation in this area varies from <1.0mGy/year to 45.0mGy/year. It offers unique opportunity to study the effect of chronic low dose/low dose-rate radiation directly on human population. Spontaneous level of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) was quantified in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 91 random individuals from HLNRA (N=61, mean age: 36.1±7.43years) and normal level natural radiation area (NLNRA) (N=30, mean age: 35...
June 2016: Mutation Research
Sabrina L Andersen, Aimee Zhang, Margaret Dominska, María Moriel-Carretero, Emilia Herrera-Moyano, Andrés Aguilera, Thomas D Petes
The Saccharomyces cerevisae RAD3 gene is the homolog of human XPD, an essential gene encoding a DNA helicase of the TFIIH complex involved in both nucleotide excision repair (NER) and transcription. Some mutant alleles of RAD3 (rad3-101 and rad3-102) have partial defects in DNA repair and a strong hyper-recombination (hyper-Rec) phenotype. Previous studies showed that the hyper-Rec phenotype associated with rad3-101 and rad3-102 can be explained as a consequence of persistent single-stranded DNA gaps that are converted to recombinogenic double-strand breaks (DSBs) by replication...
March 2016: PLoS Genetics
Patricia M LoRusso, Jing Li, Angelika Burger, Lance K Heilbrun, Edward A Sausville, Scott A Boerner, Daryn Smith, Mary Jo Pilat, Jie Zhang, Sara M Tolaney, James M Cleary, Alice P Chen, Lawrence Rubinstein, Julie L Boerner, Adam Bowditch, Dongpo Cai, Tracy Bell, Andrew Wolanski, Allison M Marrero, Yiping Zhang, Jiuping Ji, Katherine Ferry-Galow, Robert J Kinders, Ralph E Parchment, Geoffrey I Shapiro
PURPOSE: PARP is essential for recognition and repair of DNA damage. In preclinical models, PARP inhibitors modulate topoisomerase I inhibitor-mediated DNA damage. This phase I study determined the MTD, dose-limiting toxicities (DLT), pharmacokinetics (PK), and pharmacodynamics (PD) of veliparib, an orally bioavailable PARP1/2 inhibitor, in combination with irinotecan. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Patients with advanced solid tumors were treated with 100 mg/m(2) irinotecan on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle...
July 1, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Caiyun Wu, Liu Wang, Furhan Iqbal, Xiaohua Jiang, Ihtisham Bukhari, Tonghang Guo, Gengxin Yin, Howard J Cooke, Zhenyi Cao, Hong Jiang, Qinghua Shi
BACK GROUND: Men with 47, XYY syndrome are presented with varying physical attributes and degrees of infertility. Little information has been documented regarding the meiotic progression in patients with extra Y chromosome along with the synapses and recombination between the two Y chromosomes. METHODS: Spermatocyte spreading and immunostaining were applied to study the behavior of the extra Y chromosome during meiosis I in an azoospermia patient with 47, XYY syndrome and results were compared with five healthy controls with proven fertility...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Tomoyuki Kawase, Kazuhide Hayama, Makoto Tsuchimochi, Masaki Nagata, Kazuhiro Okuda, Hiromasa Yoshie, Douglas M Burns, Koh Nakata
In preparing cell-based products for regenerative therapy, cell quality should be strictly controlled. Methodologies for evaluating cell viability, identity, and purity are established and used routinely, whereas current methodologies for evaluating cell safety, particularly genetic integrity or tumorigenicity, are time-consuming and relatively insensitive. As part of developing a more practical screening system, the authors previously demonstrated that γ-H2AX and p53 were useful markers for evaluating the history of DNA damage...
April 2016: Biopreservation and Biobanking
Ludwig Rasche, Lisa Heiserich, Janina Ruth Behrens, Klaus Lenz, Catherina Pfuhl, Katharina Wakonig, René Markus Gieß, Erik Freitag, Caroline Eberle, Jens Wuerfel, Jan Dörr, Peter Bauer, Judith Bellmann-Strobl, Friedemann Paul, Dirk Roggenbuck, Klemens Ruprecht
BACKGROUND: In response to DNA double-strand breaks, the histone protein H2AX becomes phosphorylated at its C-terminal serine 139 residue, referred to as γ-H2AX. Formation of γ-H2AX foci is associated with recruitment of p53-binding protein 1 (53BP1), a regulator of the cellular response to DNA double-strand breaks. γ-H2AX expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) was recently proposed as a diagnostic and disease activity marker for multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the significance of γ-H2AX and 53BP1 foci in PBMCs as diagnostic and disease activity markers in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and early relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) using automated γ-H2AX and 53BP1 foci detection...
2016: PloS One
Bregje van Oorschot, Suzanne Hovingh, Annelot Dekker, Lukas J Stalpers, Nicolaas A P Franken
Gamma-H2AX foci detection is the standard method to quantify DNA double-strand break (DSB) induction and repair. In this study, we investigated the induction and decay of γ-H2AX foci of different tumor cell lines and fibroblasts with known mutations in DNA damage repair genes, including ATM, LigIV, DNA-PKcs, Rad51 and Rad54. A radiation dose of 2.4 Gy was used for either an acute single high-dose-rate (sHDR) exposure or a pulsed dose-rate (pDR) exposure over 24 h. The number of γ-H2AX foci was determined at 30 min and 24 h after sHDR irradiation and directly after pDR irradiation...
February 2016: Radiation Research
Ulrike Fischer, Nicole Ludwig, Abdulrahman Raslan, Carola Meier, Eckart Meese
Gene amplifications are mostly an attribute of tumor cells and drug resistant cells. Recently, we provided evidence for gene amplifications during differentiation of human and mouse neural progenitor cells. Here, we report gene amplifications in differentiating mouse myoblasts (C2C12 cells) covering a period of 7 days including pre-fusion, fusion and post-fusion stages. After differentiation induction we found an increase in copy numbers of CDK4 gene at day 3, of NUP133 at days 4 and 7, and of MYO18B at day 4...
February 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Yuehan Wu, Suk-Hee Lee, Elizabeth A Williamson, Brian L Reinert, Ju Hwan Cho, Fen Xia, Aruna Shanker Jaiswal, Gayathri Srinivasan, Bhavita Patel, Alexis Brantley, Daohong Zhou, Lijian Shao, Rupak Pathak, Martin Hauer-Jensen, Sudha Singh, Kimi Kong, Xaiohua Wu, Hyun-Suk Kim, Timothy Beissbarth, Jochen Gaedcke, Sandeep Burma, Jac A Nickoloff, Robert A Hromas
Replication fork stalling and collapse is a major source of genome instability leading to neoplastic transformation or cell death. Such stressed replication forks can be conservatively repaired and restarted using homologous recombination (HR) or non-conservatively repaired using micro-homology mediated end joining (MMEJ). HR repair of stressed forks is initiated by 5' end resection near the fork junction, which permits 3' single strand invasion of a homologous template for fork restart. This 5' end resection also prevents classical non-homologous end-joining (cNHEJ), a competing pathway for DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair...
December 2015: PLoS Genetics
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