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Nicholas E Mamrak, Akiko Shimamura, Niall G Howlett
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare autosomal and X-linked genetic disease characterized by congenital abnormalities, progressive bone marrow failure (BMF), and increased cancer risk during early adulthood. The median lifespan for FA patients is approximately 33years. The proteins encoded by the FA genes function together in the FA-BRCA pathway to repair DNA damage and to maintain genome stability. Within the past two years, five new FA genes have been identified-RAD51/FANCR, BRCA1/FANCS, UBE2T/FANCT, XRCC2/FANCU, and REV7/FANCV-bringing the total number of disease-causing genes to 21...
October 13, 2016: Blood Reviews
Friederike Finsterbusch, Ramya Ravindranathan, Ihsan Dereli, Marcello Stanzione, Daniel Tränkner, Attila Tóth
Orderly chromosome segregation during the first meiotic division requires meiotic recombination to form crossovers between homologous chromosomes (homologues). Members of the minichromosome maintenance (MCM) helicase family have been implicated in meiotic recombination. In addition, they have roles in initiation of DNA replication, DNA mismatch repair and mitotic DNA double-strand break repair. Here, we addressed the function of MCMDC2, an atypical yet conserved MCM protein, whose function in vertebrates has not been reported...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Robert L Dilley, Priyanka Verma, Nam Woo Cho, Harrison D Winters, Anne R Wondisford, Roger A Greenberg
Homology-directed DNA repair is essential for genome maintenance through templated DNA synthesis. Alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) necessitates homology-directed DNA repair to maintain telomeres in about 10-15% of human cancers. How DNA damage induces assembly and execution of a DNA replication complex (break-induced replisome) at telomeres or elsewhere in the mammalian genome is poorly understood. Here we define break-induced telomere synthesis and demonstrate that it utilizes a specialized replisome, which underlies ALT telomere maintenance...
October 19, 2016: Nature
Anya Alayev, Rachel S Salamon, Subrata Manna, Naomi S Schwartz, Adi Y Berman, Marina K Holz
Homologous recombination (HR) is a conserved process that maintains genome stability and cell survival by repairing DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). The RAD51-related family of proteins is involved in repair of DSBs; consequently, deregulation of RAD51 causes chromosomal rearrangements and stimulates tumorigenesis. RAD51C has been identified as a potential tumor suppressor and a breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene. Recent studies have also implicated estrogen as a DNA-damaging agent that causes DSBs...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Xinyi Zhu, Qiuhui Pan, Nan Huang, Jianchun Wu, Ni Zhen, Fenyong Sun, Zhi Li, Qingyuan Yang
The serine/threonine protein kinase CHK1 has been reported to bind to the recombinase RAD51 and facilitates its assembly in DNA damage sites via phosphorylation. However, the role of RAD51 in regulating the expression of CHK1 has never been explored. Here, we show that RAD51 is highly upregulated in esophageal squamous tumor tissues and its DMC1 domain significantly promotes cell growth of esophageal cancer (EC) cells through CHK1. To gain the mechanistic insights, firstly, in the presence of 3-methyladenine (3MA), an autophagy inhibitor, we found that the reduction of CHK1 and the inhibition of cell growth in RAD51-deficient EC109 cells were strikingly restored...
October 14, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Michael M Im, Sheryl A Flanagan, Jeffrey J Ackroyd, Brendan Knapp, Aaron Kramer, Donna S Shewach
Gemcitabine (dFdCyd) shows broad antitumor activity in solid tumors in chemotherapeutic regimens or when combined with ionizing radiation (radiosensitization). While it is known that mismatches in DNA are necessary for dFdCyd radiosensitization, the critical event resulting in radiosensitization has not been identified. Here we hypothesized that late DNA damage (≥24 h after drug washout/irradiation) is a causal event in radiosensitization by dFdCyd, and that homologous recombination repair (HRR) is required for this late DNA damage...
October 14, 2016: Radiation Research
Lili Ni, Hongchang Xie, Li Tan
The transcription factor FOXJ3 (Forkhead box J3) is highly expressed in spermatogonia and meiotic spermatocytes within mouse testes. Here, we addressed how FOXJ3 might participate in spermatogenesis using two conditional knockout mouse models in which the Foxj3 was deleted from either spermatogonia or meiotic spermatocytes. Both models exhibited complete male sterility, but distinct etiologies: Deleting FOXJ3 from spermatogonia using Foxj3(flox/flox) , Mvh-Cre mice caused Sertoli-cell-only syndrome in males...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Gayan Senavirathne, Santosh K Mahto, Jeungphill Hanne, Daniel O'Brian, Richard Fishel
Wrapping of genomic DNA into nucleosomes poses thermodynamic and kinetic barriers to biological processes such as replication, transcription, repair and recombination. Previous biochemical studies have demonstrated that in the presence of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) the human RAD51 (HsRAD51) recombinase can form a nucleoprotein filament (NPF) on double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) that is capable of unwrapping the nucleosomal DNA from the histone octamer (HO). Here, we have used single molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (smFRET) to examine the real time nucleosome dynamics in the presence of the HsRAD51 NPF...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Fengxia Chen, Haozhong Zhang, Feifei Pu
OBJECT: Variants of microRNA (miRNA)-binding sites in RAD51 gene's 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) are significantly associated with cancer risk, but the roles of these genetic variants in post-transcriptional regulation have not been elucidated. METHODS: The SNPs of RAD51 were identified both in the regulatory region and in the coding region by means of the online database. The bioinformatic tool SNP Function Prediction was used to predict the potential functional relevance of the miRNA-binding sites...
2016: SpringerPlus
Yong Xu, Xiao Wang, Shi-Ming Chen, Chen Chen, Yan Wang, Bo-Kui Xiao, Ze-Zhang Tao
PURPOSE: To explore the influences of telomerase and alternative lengthening of telomeres mechanism on telomere length and laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma in vitro and in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Short hairpin RNA expression vectors targeting the messenger TERT, TRF2, RAD51 and NBS1 were constructed. The mRNA and protein expression of targeted genes in human laryngeal squamous carcinoma cell line HEp-2 was evaluated by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting separately...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Jingjing Cao, Chenglin Luo, Rui Peng, Qiaoyun Guo, Kaijuan Wang, Peng Wang, Hua Ye, Chunhua Song
RAD51, RAD52, and XRCC2 are all involved in DNA homologous recombinational repair, and there are interactions among those genes. Polymorphisms in 3'-UTR of DNA repair genes may change DNA repair capacity by regulating gene expression. However, potential regulatory variants affecting their expression remain largely unexplored. Five miRNA-binding site SNPs (rs7180135 and rs45549040 in RAD51, rs1051669 and rs7963551 in RAD52 and rs3218550 in XRCC2) selected by bioinformatics method were genotyped in 498 breast cancer (BC) patients and 498 matched controls in Chinese population...
October 10, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Tommaso Moschetti, Timothy Sharpe, Gerhard Fischer, May E Marsh, HongKin Ng, Matthew Morgan, Duncan Scott, Tom L Blundell, Ashok Venkitaraman, John Skidmore, Chris Abell, Marko Hyvönen
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are increasingly important targets for drug discovery. Efficient fragment-based drug discovery approaches to tackle PPIs are often stymied by difficulties in the production of stable, unliganded target proteins. Here, we report an approach that exploits protein engineering to 'humanise' thermophilic archeal surrogate proteins as targets for small molecule inhibitor discovery, and exemplify this approach in the development of inhibitors against the PPI between the recombinase RAD51 and tumour suppressor BRCA2...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Young Me Yoon, Kelsie J Storm, Ashley N Kamimae-Lanning, Natalya A Goloviznina, Peter Kurre
Our mechanistic understanding of Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway function in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) owes much to their role in experimentally induced DNA crosslink lesion repair. In bone marrow HSPCs, unresolved stress confers p53-dependent apoptosis and progressive cell attrition. The role of FA proteins during hematopoietic development, in the face of physiological replicative demand, remains elusive. Here, we reveal a fetal HSPC pool in Fancd2(-/-) mice with compromised clonogenicity and repopulation...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Aiste McCormick, Peter Donoghue, Michelle Dixon, Richard O'Sullivan, Rachel Louise O'Donnell, James Murray, Angelika Kaufmann, Nicola J Curtin, Richard J Edmondson
PURPOSE: DNA damage defects are common in ovarian cancer and can be used to stratify treatment. Although most work has focussed on Homologous Recombination (HR), DNA double strand breaks are repaired primarily by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). Defects in NHEJ have been shown to contribute to genomic instability and have been associated with the development of chemoresistance. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: NHEJ was assessed in a panel of ovarian cancer cell lines and 47 primary ascitic derived ovarian cancer cultures, by measuring the ability of cell extracts to end-join linearized plasmid monomers into multimers...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Atsushi T Onaka, Naoko Toyofuku, Takahiro Inoue, Akiko K Okita, Minami Sagawa, Jie Su, Takeshi Shitanda, Rei Matsuyama, Faria Zafar, Tatsuro S Takahashi, Hisao Masukata, Takuro Nakagawa
Centromeres consist of DNA repeats in many eukaryotes. Non-allelic homologous recombination (HR) between them can result in gross chromosomal rearrangements (GCRs). In fission yeast, Rad51 suppresses isochromosome formation that occurs between inverted repeats in the centromere. However, how the HR enzyme prevents homology-mediated GCRs remains unclear. Here, we provide evidence that Rad51 with the aid of the Swi/Snf-type motor protein Rad54 promotes non-crossover recombination between centromere repeats to prevent isochromosome formation...
October 3, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Andrew A Kelso, Steven D Goodson, Leah E Watts, LeAnna L Ledford, Sarah M Waldvogel, J Nathaniel Diehl, Shivani B Shah, Amanda F Say, Julie D White, Michael G Sehorn
Homologous recombination (HR) is a template-driven repair pathway that mends DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs), and thus helps to maintain genome stability. The RAD51 recombinase facilitates DNA joint formation during HR, but to accomplish this task, RAD51 must be loaded onto the single-stranded DNA. DSS1, a candidate gene for split hand/split foot syndrome, provides the ability to recognize RPA-coated ssDNA to the tumor suppressor BRCA2, which is complexed with RAD51. Together BRCA2-DSS1 displace RPA and load RAD51 onto the ssDNA...
September 30, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Koichi Sato, Mayo Shimomuki, Yoko Katsuki, Daisuke Takahashi, Wataru Kobayashi, Masamichi Ishiai, Hiroyuki Miyoshi, Minoru Takata, Hitoshi Kurumizaka
The FANCI-FANCD2 (I-D) complex is considered to work with RAD51 to protect the damaged DNA in the stalled replication fork. However, the means by which this DNA protection is accomplished have remained elusive. In the present study, we found that the I-D complex directly binds to RAD51, and stabilizes the RAD51-DNA filament. Unexpectedly, the DNA binding activity of FANCI, but not FANCD2, is explicitly required for the I-D complex-mediated RAD51-DNA filament stabilization. The RAD51 filament stabilized by the I-D complex actually protects the DNA end from nucleolytic degradation by an FA-associated nuclease, FAN1...
September 30, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Kathleen A Bridges, Xingxing Chen, Huifeng Liu, Crosby Rock, Thomas A Buchholz, Stuart D Shumway, Heath D Skinner, Raymond E Meyn
Radiotherapy is commonly used to treat a variety of solid tumors but improvements in the therapeutic ratio are sorely needed. The aim of this study was to assess the Chk1 kinase inhibitor, MK-8776, for its ability to radiosensitize human tumor cells. Cells derived from NSCLC and HNSCC cancers were tested for radiosensitization by MK-8776. The ability of MK-8776 to abrogate the radiation-induced G2 block was determined using flow cytometry. Effects on repair of radiation-induced DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) were determined on the basis of rad51, γ-H2AX and 53BP1 foci...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Garren M Low, David S Thylur, Vicky N Yamamoto, Uttam K Sinha
Much of the current literature regarding the molecular pathophysiology of human papillomavirus (HPV) in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has focused on the virus's effect on cell cycle modulation and cell proliferation. A second mechanism of pathogenicity employed by HPV, dysregulation of cellular DNA repair processes, has been more sparsely studied. The purpose of this review is to describe current understanding about the effect of HPV on DNA repair in HNSCC, taking cues from cervical cancer literature...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Pavan B Narayanaswamy, Sergey Tkachuk, Hermann Haller, Inna Dumler, Yulia Kiyan
Mechanisms of DNA damage and repair signaling are not completely understood that hinder the efficiency of cancer therapy. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (PLAUR) is highly expressed in most solid cancers and serves as a marker of poor prognosis. We show that PLAUR actively promotes DNA repair in cancer cells. On the contrary, downregulation of PLAUR expression results in delayed DNA repair. We found PLAUR to be essential for activation of Checkpoint kinase 1 (CHK1); maintenance of cell cycle arrest after DNA damage in a TP53-dependent manner; expression, nuclear import and recruitment to DNA-damage foci of RAD51 recombinase, the principal protein involved in the homologous recombination repair pathway...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
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