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Wynand Paul Roos, Andrea Krumm
Histone/protein deacetylases play multiple roles in regulating gene expression and protein activation and stability. Their deregulation during cancer initiation and progression cause resistance to therapy. Here, we review the role of histone deacetylases (HDACs) and the NAD(+) dependent sirtuins (SIRTs) in the DNA damage response (DDR). These lysine deacetylases contribute to DNA repair by base excision repair (BER), nucleotide excision repair (NER), mismatch repair (MMR), non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), homologous recombination (HR) and interstrand crosslink (ICL) repair...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Chiaki Noguchi, Grant Grothusen, Vinesh Anandarajan, Marta Martínez-Lage García, Daniel Terlecky, Krysten Corzo, Katsunori Tanaka, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Eishi Noguchi
Acetaldehyde, a primary metabolite of alcohol, forms DNA adducts and disrupts the DNA replication process, causing genomic instability, a hallmark of cancer. Indeed, chronic alcohol consumption accounts for approximately 3.6% of all cancers worldwide. However, how the adducts are prevented and repaired after acetaldehyde exposure is not well understood. In this report, we used the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model organism to comprehensively understand the genetic controls of DNA damage avoidance in response to acetaldehyde...
September 29, 2016: Cell Cycle
Sanjeevani Arora, Joshua Heyza, Hao Zhang, Vivian Kalman-Maltese, Kristin Tillison, Ashley M Floyd, Elaine M Chalfin, Gerold Bepler, Steve M Patrick
ERCC1-XPF heterodimer is a 5'-3' structure-specific endonuclease which is essential in multiple DNA repair pathways in mammalian cells. ERCC1-XPF (ERCC1-ERCC4) repairs cisplatin-DNA intrastrand adducts and interstrand crosslinks and its specific inhibition has been shown to enhance cisplatin cytotoxicity in cancer cells. In this study, we describe a high throughput screen (HTS) used to identify small molecules that inhibit the endonuclease activity of ERCC1-XPF. Primary screens identified two compounds that inhibit ERCC1-XPF activity in the nanomolar range...
September 16, 2016: Oncotarget
Nimrat Chatterjee, Yunfu Lin, John H Wilson
Almost 20 incurable neurodegenerative disorders are caused by trinucleotide repeat (TNR) expansion beyond a certain threshold, with disease time of onset and severity positively correlating with repeat length. Typically, long TNRs display a bias toward further expansion and repeats continue to expand not only during germline transmissions from parents to offspring, but also remain highly unstable in somatic tissues of patients. Hence, understanding TNR instability mechanisms sheds light on underlying disease pathology...
May 2016: Postdoc Journal: a Journal of Postdoctoral Research and Postdoctoral Affairs
Alasdair R Gunn, Benito Banos-Pinero, Peggy Paschke, Luis Sanchez-Pulido, Antonio Ariza, Joseph Day, Mehera Emrich, David Leys, Chris P Ponting, Ivan Ahel, Nicholas D Lakin
ADP-ribosylation by ADP-ribosyltransferases (ARTs) has a well-established role in DNA strand break repair by promoting enrichment of repair factors at damage sites through ADP-ribose interaction domains. Here, we exploit the simple eukaryote Dictyostelium to uncover a role for ADP-ribosylation in regulating DNA interstrand crosslink repair and redundancy of this pathway with non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ). In silico searches were used to identify a protein that contains a permutated macrodomain (which we call aprataxin/APLF-and-PNKP-like protein; APL)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Takamasa Nishioka, Ikuya Oshiro, Kazumitsu Onizuka, Yosuke Taniguchi, Shigeki Sasaki
Cross-linking is a widely-used technology in the studies of DNA, RNA and their complexes with proteins. Intrinsically active alkylating moieties and photo-activated agents are chemically or enzymatically incorporated into nucleic acids. Thionucleobases resemble the corresponding natural bases, and form cross-links by UVA irradiation. They form cross-links only with a site in close contact, thereby allowing identification of the contacts within the nucleic acids and/or between the nucleic acids and proteins in complex nucleoprotein assemblies...
2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Anthonige Vidya Perera, James Brian Mendenhall, Charmain Tan Courcelle, Justin Courcelle
: DNA interstrand crosslinks are complex lesions that covalently link both strands of the duplex DNA. Lesion removal is proposed to initiate via the UvrABC nucleotide excision repair complex, however less is known about the subsequent steps of this complex repair pathway. In this study, we characterized the contribution of nucleotide excision repair mutants to survival in the presence of psoralen-induced damage. Unexpectedly, we observed that the nucleotide excision repair mutants exhibit differential sensitivity to psoralen-induced damage, with uvrC mutants being less sensitive than either uvrA or uvrB We show that Cho, an alternative endonuclease, acts with UvrAB and is responsible for the reduced hypersensitivity of uvrC mutants...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Nancy Berte, Andrea Piée-Staffa, Nadine Piecha, Mengwan Wang, Kerstin Borgmann, Bernd Kaina, Teodora Nikolova
Malignant gliomas exhibit a high level of intrinsic and acquired drug resistance and have a dismal prognosis. First- and second-line therapeutics for glioblastomas are alkylating agents, including the chloroethylating nitrosoureas (CNU) lomustine, nimustine, fotemustine, and carmustine. These agents target the tumor DNA, forming O(6) -chloroethylguanine adducts and secondary DNA interstrand cross-links (ICL). These cross-links are supposed to be converted into DNA double-strand breaks, which trigger cell death pathways...
July 29, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Min Jeong Chun, Sunshin Kim, Soo Kyung Hwang, Bong Sub Kim, Hyoun Geun Kim, Hae In Choi, Jong Heon Kim, Sung Ho Goh, Chang-Hun Lee
Fanconi anemia complementation group (FANC) proteins constitute the Fanconi Anemia (FA)/BRCA pathway that is activated in response to DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs). We previously performed yeast two-hybrid screening to identify novel FANC-interacting proteins and discovered that the alpha subunit of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPKα1) was a candidate binding partner of the FANCG protein, which is a component of the FA nuclear core complex. We confirmed the interaction between AMPKα and both FANCG using co-immunoprecipitation experiments...
July 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Marcelo L Actis, Nigus D Ambaye, Benjamin J Evison, Youming Shao, Murugendra Vanarotti, Akira Inoue, Ezelle T McDonald, Sotaro Kikuchi, Richard Heath, Kodai Hara, Hiroshi Hashimoto, Naoaki Fujii
DNA interstrand crosslink (ICL) repair (ICLR) has been implicated in the resistance of cancer cells to ICL-inducing chemotherapeutic agents. Despite the clinical significance of ICL-inducing chemotherapy, few studies have focused on developing small-molecule inhibitors for ICLR. The mammalian DNA polymerase ζ, which comprises the catalytic subunit REV3L and the non-catalytic subunit REV7, is essential for ICLR. To identify small-molecule compounds that are mechanistically capable of inhibiting ICLR by targeting REV7, high-throughput screening and structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis were performed...
September 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Chih-Chao Liang, Zhuolun Li, David Lopez-Martinez, William V Nicholson, Catherine Vénien-Bryan, Martin A Cohn
The Fanconi anaemia (FA) pathway is important for the repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICL). The FANCD2-FANCI complex is central to the pathway, and localizes to ICLs dependent on its monoubiquitination. It has remained elusive whether the complex is recruited before or after the critical monoubiquitination. Here, we report the first structural insight into the human FANCD2-FANCI complex by obtaining the cryo-EM structure. The complex contains an inner cavity, large enough to accommodate a double-stranded DNA helix, as well as a protruding Tower domain...
2016: Nature Communications
Hua Wang, Brian Bierie, Andrew G Li, Shailja Pathania, Kimberly Toomire, Stoil D Dimitrov, Ben Liu, Rebecca Gelman, Anita Giobbie-Hurder, Jean Feunteun, Kornelia Polyak, David M Livingston
An abnormal differentiation state is common in BRCA1-deficient mammary epithelial cells, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here, we report a convergence between DNA repair and normal, cultured human mammary epithelial (HME) cell differentiation. Surprisingly, depleting BRCA1 or FANCD2 (Fanconi anemia [FA] proteins) or BRG1, a mSWI/SNF subunit, caused HME cells to undergo spontaneous epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and aberrant differentiation. This also occurred when wild-type HMEs were exposed to chemicals that generate DNA interstrand crosslinks (repaired by FA proteins), but not in response to double-strand breaks...
July 21, 2016: Molecular Cell
Satoru Hashimoto, Hirofumi Anai, Katsuhiro Hanada
Interstrand DNA crosslinks (ICLs) are the link between Watson-Crick strands of DNAs with the covalent bond and prevent separation of DNA strands. Since the ICL lesion affects both strands of the DNA, the ICL repair is not simple. So far, nucleotide excision repair (NER), structure-specific endonucleases, translesion DNA synthesis (TLS), homologous recombination (HR), and factors responsible for Fanconi anemia (FA) are identified to be involved in ICL repair. Since the presence of ICL lesions causes severe defects in transcription and DNA replication, mutations in these DNA repair pathways give rise to a various hereditary disorders...
2016: Genes and Environment: the Official Journal of the Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society
Colin G Wu, Maria Spies
Guanine rich nucleic acid sequences can form G-quadruplex (G4) structures that interfere with DNA replication, repair and RNA transcription. The human FANCJ helicase contributes to maintaining genomic integrity by promoting DNA replication through G4-forming DNA regions. Here, we combined single-molecule and ensemble biochemical analysis to show that FANCJ possesses a G4-specific recognition site. Through this interaction, FANCJ targets G4-containing DNA where its helicase and G4-binding activities enable repeated rounds of stepwise G4-unfolding and refolding...
June 24, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Lik Hang Yuen, Nivedita S Saxena, Hyun Shin Park, Kenneth Weinberg, Eric T Kool
Aldehydes are key intermediates in many cellular processes, from endogenous metabolic pathways like glycolysis to undesired exogenously induced processes such as lipid peroxidation and DNA interstrand cross-linking. Alkyl aldehydes are well documented to be cytotoxic, affecting the functions of DNA and protein, and their levels are tightly regulated by the oxidative enzyme ALDH2. Mutations in this enzyme are associated with cardiac damage, diseases such as Fanconi anemia (FA), and cancer. Many attempts have been made to identify and quantify the overall level of these alkyl aldehydes inside cells, yet there are few practical methods available to detect and monitor these volatile aldehydes in real time...
August 19, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Upasana Roy, Orlando D Schärer
DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) covalently join the two strands of a DNA duplex and block essential processes such as DNA replication and transcription. Several important anti-tumor drugs such as cisplatin and nitrogen mustards exert their cytotoxicity by forming ICLs. However, multiple complex pathways repair ICLs and these are thought to contribute to the development of resistance towards ICL-inducing agents. While the understanding of many aspects of ICL repair is still rudimentary, studies in recent years have provided significant insights into the pathways of ICL repair...
August 2016: DNA Repair
Gregory Bick, Fan Zhang, A Ruhikanta Meetei, Paul R Andreassen
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a chromosome instability syndrome and the 20 identified FA proteins are organized into two main arms which are thought to function at distinct steps in the repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs). These two arms include the upstream FA pathway, which culminates in the monoubiquitination of FANCD2 and FANCI, and downstream breast cancer (BRCA)-associated proteins that interact in protein complexes. How, and whether, these two groups of FA proteins are integrated is unclear. Here, we show that FANCD2 and PALB2, as indicators of the upstream and downstream arms, respectively, colocalize independently of each other in response to DNA damage induced by mitomycin C (MMC)...
June 8, 2016: Chromosoma
Lili Li, Weixing Wang, Mingyu Ding, Guoan Luo, Qionglin Liang
Development of approach or device to allow continuous multiple measurements, such as integrating cytotoxic and genotoxic analysis, is quite appealing for study of the drug's activity and mechanism of action or resistance. In this study, a single-cell-arrayed agarose chip system was developed to combine cell cultivation with subsequent in situ analysis of cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of the chemotherapeutic agent. The modified alkaline comet assay coupled with the Live/Dead assay was used to monitor the interstrand cross-links (ICLs) formation and the cytotoxic effects in different glioma cell lines...
July 5, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Upasana Roy, Shivam Mukherjee, Anjali Sharma, Ekaterina G Frank, Orlando D Schärer
Several important anti-tumor agents form DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs), but their clinical efficiency is counteracted by multiple complex DNA repair pathways. All of these pathways require unhooking of the ICL from one strand of a DNA duplex by nucleases, followed by bypass of the unhooked ICL by translesion synthesis (TLS) polymerases. The structures of the unhooked ICLs remain unknown, yet the position of incisions and processing of the unhooked ICLs significantly influence the efficiency and fidelity of bypass by TLS polymerases...
September 6, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Jing Huang, Himabindu Gali, Manikandan Paramasivam, Parameswary Muniandy, Julia Gichimu, Marina A Bellani, Michael M Seidman
DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) block unwinding of the double helix, and have always been regarded as major challenges to replication and transcription. Compounds that form these lesions are very toxic and are frequently used in cancer chemotherapy. We have developed two strategies, both based on immunofluorescence (IF), for studying cellular responses to ICLs. The basis of each is psoralen, a photoactive (by long wave ultraviolet light, UVA) DNA crosslinking agent, to which we have linked an antigen tag...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
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