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Manabu Koike, Yasutomo Yutoku, Aki Koike
Understanding the molecular mechanisms of DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair processes, especially nonhomologous DNA-end joining (NHEJ), is critical for developing next-generation radiotherapies and chemotherapeutics for human and animal cancers. The localization, protein-protein interactions and post-translational modifications of core NHEJ factors, such as human Ku70 and Ku80, might play critical roles in controlling NHEJ activity. XRCC4-like factor (XLF) is a core NHEJ factor and plays a key role in the Ku-dependent NHEJ repair process in human cells...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
J Ai, L E Pascal, L Wei, Y Zang, Y Zhou, X Yu, Y Gong, S Nakajima, J B Nelson, A S Levine, L Lan, Z Wang
Androgens are known to protect prostate cancer cells from DNA damage. Recent studies showed regulation of DNA repair genes by androgen receptor signaling in prostate cancers. ELL-associated factor 2 (EAF2) is an androgen-regulated tumor suppressor and its intracellular localization can be modulated by ultraviolet light, suggesting a potential role for EAF2 in androgen regulation of DNA repair in prostate cancer cells. Here we show that knockdown of EAF2 or its homolog EAF1 sensitized prostate cancer cells to DNA damage and the sensitization did not require p53...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
Fatemeh Sanie-Jahromi, Iraj Saadat, Mostafa Saadat
AIMS: It has been shown that exposure to extremely-low frequency (˂300Hz) oscillating electromagnetic field (EMF) can affect gene expression. The effects of different exposure patterns of 50-Hz EMF and co-treatment of EMF plus cisplatin (CDDP) on mRNA levels of seven genes involved in DNA repair pathways (GADD45A, XRCC1, XRCC4, Ku70, Ku80, DNA-PKcs and LIG4) were evaluated. MAIN METHODS: Two 50-Hz EMF intensities (0.25 and 0.50mT), three exposure patterns (5min field-on/5min field-off, 15min field-on/15min field-off, 30min field-on continuously) and two cell lines (MCF-7 and SH-SY5Y) were used...
October 6, 2016: Life Sciences
Johannes van den Boom, Markus Wolf, Lena Weimann, Nina Schulze, Fanghua Li, Farnusch Kaschani, Anne Riemer, Christian Zierhut, Markus Kaiser, George Iliakis, Hironori Funabiki, Hemmo Meyer
During DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair, the ring-shaped Ku70/80 complex becomes trapped on DNA and needs to be actively extracted, but it has remained unclear what provides the required energy. By means of reconstitution of DSB repair on beads, we demonstrate here that DNA-locked Ku rings are released by the AAA-ATPase p97. To achieve this, p97 requires ATP hydrolysis, cooperates with the Ufd1-Npl4 ubiquitin-adaptor complex, and specifically targets Ku80 that is modified by K48-linked ubiquitin chains...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Cell
Ivan Dimauro, Mattia Scalabrin, Cristina Fantini, Elisa Grazioli, Maria Reyes Beltran Valls, Neri Mercatelli, Attilio Parisi, Stefania Sabatini, Luigi Di Luigi, Daniela Caporossi
Regular physical activity is effective as prevention and treatment for different chronic conditions related to the ageing processes. In fact, a sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a worsening of cellular ageing biomarkers such as telomere length (TL) and/or specific epigenetic changes (e.g. DNA methylation), with increase of the propensity to aging-related diseases and premature death. Extending our previous findings, we aimed to test the hypothesis that 12 weeks of low frequency, moderate intensity, explosive-type resistance training (EMRT) may attenuate age-associated genomic changes...
September 21, 2016: Redox Biology
Shuang Wei, Zun-Yi Zhang, Sheng-Ling Fu, Jun-Gang Xie, Xian-Sheng Liu, Yong-Jian Xu, Jian-Ping Zhao, Wei-Ning Xiong
Our previous study revealed that Ku80 was overexpressed in lung cancer tissues and hsa-miR-623 regulated the Ku80 expression; however, the detailed function of hsa-miR-623 in lung cancer was unclear. We identified that hsa-miR-623 bound to the 3'-UTR of Ku80 mRNA, thus significantly decreasing Ku80 expression in lung adenocarcinoma cells. Hsa-miR-623 was downregulated in lung adenocarcinoma tissues compared with corresponding non-tumorous tissues, and its expression was inversely correlated with Ku80 upregulation...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Sameera Nallanthighal, Amit B Shirode, Julius A Judd, Ramune Reliene
Ionizing radiation (IR) is a well-documented human carcinogen. The increased use of IR in medical procedures has doubled the annual radiation dose and may increase cancer risk. Genomic instability is an intermediate lesion in IR-induced cancer. We examined whether pomegranate extract (PE) suppresses genomic instability induced by x-rays. Mice were treated orally with PE and exposed to an x-ray dose of 2 Gy. PE intake suppressed x-ray-induced DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) in peripheral blood and chromosomal damage in bone marrow...
September 27, 2016: Nutrition and Cancer
Manabu Koike, Yasutomo Yutoku, Aki Koike
Various chemotherapies and radiation therapies are useful for killing cancer cells mainly by inducing DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). Uncovering the molecular mechanisms of DSB repair processes is crucial for developing next-generation radiotherapies and chemotherapeutics for human and animal cancers. XRCC4 plays a critical role in Ku-dependent nonhomologous DNA-end joining (NHEJ) in human cells and is one of the core NHEJ factors. The localization of core NHEJ factors, such as human Ku70 and Ku80, might play a crucial role in regulating NHEJ activity...
September 18, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Shih-Hung Yang, Ting-Chun Kuo, Hsu Wu, Jhe-Cyuan Guo, Chiun Hsu, Chih-Hung Hsu, Yu-Wen Tien, Kun-Huei Yeh, Ann-Lii Cheng, Sung-Hsin Kuo
Pancreatic cancer is highly lethal. Current research that combines radiation with targeted therapy may dramatically improve prognosis. Cancerous cells are characterized by unstable genomes and activation of DNA repair pathways, which are indicated by increased phosphorylation of numerous factors, including H2AX, ATM, ATR, Chk1, Chk2, DNA-PKcs, Rad51, and Ku70/Ku80 heterodimers. Radiotherapy causes DNA damage. Cancer cells can be made more sensitive to the effects of radiation (radiosensitization) through inhibition of DNA repair pathways...
August 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Martin-Immanuel Bittner, Nicole Wiedenmann, Sabine Bucher, Michael Hentschel, Michael Mix, Gerta Rücker, Wolfgang A Weber, Philipp T Meyer, Martin Werner, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Gian Kayser
BACKGROUND: Tumor hypoxia is associated with poor prognosis and outcome and can be visualized using 18F-MISO-positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. The goal of this study was to evaluate the correlation between biological markers and biological imaging in a group of patients in whom a correlation between biological imaging and outcome has previously been demonstrated. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In a prospective pilot project, 16 patients with locally advanced cancer of the head and neck underwent 18F-MISO-PET scans before and during primary radiochemotherapy in addition to 18F-FDG-PET and computed tomography (CT)...
November 2016: Acta Oncologica
Yasuko Kamisugi, John W Whitaker, Andrew C Cuming
The model bryophyte Physcomitrella patens is unique among plants in supporting the generation of mutant alleles by facile homologous recombination-mediated gene targeting (GT). Reasoning that targeted transgene integration occurs through the capture of transforming DNA by the homology-dependent pathway for DNA double-strand break (DNA-DSB) repair, we analysed the genome-wide transcriptomic response to bleomycin-induced DNA damage and generated mutants in candidate DNA repair genes. Massively parallel (Illumina) cDNA sequencing identified potential participants in gene targeting...
2016: PloS One
Manila Hada, Chitra Subramanian, Phillip C Andrews, Roland P S Kwok
The first known function of Ku70 is as a DNA repair factor in the nucleus. Using neuronal neuroblastoma cells as a model, we have established that cytosolic Ku70 binds to the pro-apoptotic protein Bax in the cytosol and blocks Bax's cell death activity. Ku70-Bax binding is regulated by Ku70 acetylation in that when Ku70 is acetylated Bax dissociates from Ku70, triggering cell death. We propose that Ku70 may act as a survival factor in these cells such that Ku70 depletion triggers Bax-dependent cell death. Here, we addressed two fundamental questions about this model: (1) Does all Bax, which is a cytosolic protein, bind to all cytosolic Ku70? and (2) Is Ku70 a survival factor in cells types other than neuronal neuroblastoma cells? We show here that, in neuronal neuroblastoma cells, only a small fraction of Ku70 binds to a small fraction of Bax; most Bax is monomeric...
August 3, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Y Wang, H Sun, J Wang, H Wang, L Meng, C Xu, M Jin, B Wang, Y Zhang, Y Zhang, T Zhu
EZH2 is a histone methyltransferase whose functions in stem cells and tumor cells are well established. Accumulating evidence shows that EZH2 has critical roles in T cells and could be a promising therapeutic target for several immune diseases. To further reveal the novel functions of EZH2 in human T cells, protein co-immunoprecipitation combined mass spectrometry was conducted and several previous unknown EZH2-interacting proteins were identified. Of them, we focused on a DNA damage responsive protein, Ku80, because of the limited knowledge regarding EZH2 in the DNA damage response...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Soumita Mukherjee, Prabal Chakraborty, Partha Saha
The Ku protein, a heterodimer of Ku70 and Ku80, binds to chromosomal replication origins maximally at G1-phase and plays an essential role in assembly of origin recognition complex. However, the mechanism regulating such a critical periodic activity of Ku remained unknown. Here, we establish human Ku70 as a novel target of cyclin B1-Cdk1, which phosphorylates it in a Cy-motif dependent manner. Interestingly, cyclin E1- and A2-Cdk2 also phosphorylate Ku70, and as a result, the protein remains in a phosphorylated state during S-M phases of cell cycle...
September 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Yong Li, Fen Liu, Yong Wang, Donghai Li, Fei Guo, Liyao Xu, Zhengguo Zeng, Xiaojun Zhong, Kejian Qian
BACKGROUND: Autophagy has been reported to increase in cancer cells after radiation. However, it remains unknown whether increased autophagy as a result of radiation affects DNA damage repair and sensitizes cancer cells. In this study, the radiosensitization effect of rapamycin, a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor that induces autophagy, on human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells was investigated. METHODS: A549 cells were treated with different concentrations of rapamycin...
July 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Jyotshna Kanungo
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by neuronal death with an accumulaton of intra-cellular neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) and extracellular amyloid plaques. Reduced DNA repair ability has been reported in AD brains. In neurons, the predominant mechanism to repair double-strand DNA breaks (DSB) is non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) that requires DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) activity. DNA-PK is a holoenzyme comprising the p460 kD DNA-PK catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) and its activator Ku, a heterodimer of p86 (Ku80) and p70 (Ku70) subunits...
September 2016: Journal of Neurology & Neuromedicine
Rajib Ghosh, Sanchita Roy, Johan Kamyab, Francoise Dantzer, Sonia Franco
In mammalian cells, chromatin poly(ADP-ribos)ylation (PARylation) at sites of DNA Double-Strand Breaks (DSBs) is mediated by two highly related enzymes, PARP1 and PARP2. However, enzyme-specific genetic interactions with other DSB repair factors remain largely undefined. In this context, it was previously shown that mice lacking PARP1 and H2AX, a histone variant that promotes DSB repair throughout the cell cycle, or the core nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) factor Ku80 are not viable, while mice lacking PARP1 and the noncore NHEJ factor DNA-PKcs are severely growth retarded and markedly lymphoma-prone...
September 2016: DNA Repair
Hui Feng, Baorui Guo, Xiangmei Kong, Biao Wu
Objective To investigate the effect of evodiamine on the radiosensitivity of esophageal squamous cell cancer Eca-109 cells. Methods Eca-109 cells were treated with various concentrations of evodiamine [(10, 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120) μg/mL], and then cell proliferation was examined by MTT assay. After the optimal evodiamine concentration was determined, the cells were divided into radiation group (0, 2, 4, 6, 8 Gy X-ray radiation) and radiation combined with evodiamine group (80 μg/mL evodiamine and 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 Gy X-ray radiation) ...
July 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Shuliang Gao, Yangyang Tong, Zhiqiang Wen, Li Zhu, Mei Ge, Daijie Chen, Yu Jiang, Sheng Yang
Yarrowia lipolytica is categorized as a generally recognized as safe (GRAS) organism and is a heavily documented, unconventional yeast that has been widely incorporated into multiple industrial fields to produce valuable biochemicals. This study describes the construction of a CRISPR-Cas9 system for genome editing in Y. lipolytica using a single plasmid (pCAS1yl or pCAS2yl) to transport Cas9 and relevant guide RNA expression cassettes, with or without donor DNA, to target genes. Two Cas9 target genes, TRP1 and PEX10, were repaired by non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) or homologous recombination, with maximal efficiencies in Y...
August 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Carmen Ortiz, Luisa Morales, Miguel Sastre, William E Haskins, Jaime Matta
Sandalwood essential oil (SEO) is extracted from Santalum trees. Although α-santalol, a main constituent of SEO, has been studied as a chemopreventive agent, the genotoxic activity of the whole oil in human breast cell lines is still unknown. The main objective of this study was to assess the cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of SEO in breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7) and nontumorigenic breast epithelial (MCF-10A) cells. Proteins associated with SEO genotoxicity were identified using a proteomics approach. Commercially available, high-purity, GC/MS characterized SEO was used to perform the experiments...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
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