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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
Jiawei Guan, Qian Zhao, Weifeng Mao
PTEN is a tumor suppressor gene characterized as a phosphatase that antagonizes the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase signaling pathway in the cytoplasm. Nuclear PTEN plays roles in chromosomal stability, in which the double-strand breaks (DSB) repair mediated by homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) is critical. Herein, the role of nuclear PTEN in DSB repair and the underlying molecular mechanism was investigated in this study. Using human breast cancer BT549 and MDA-MB-231 cell lines, we reveal a specific feature of PTEN that controls poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation of Ku70 and interferes with binding of Ku70 at DSB...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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
Chaolong Lin, Huanhuan Li, Mengru Hao, Dan Xiong, Yong Luo, Chenghao Huang, Quan Yuan, Jun Zhang, Ningshao Xia
Genetically modified HSV-1 viruses serve as promising vectors for tumour therapy and vaccine development. The CRISPR/Cas9 system is one of the most powerful tools for precise gene editing of the genomes of organisms. However, whether the CRISPR/Cas9 system can precisely and efficiently make gene replacements in the genome of HSV-1 remains essentially unknown. Here, we reported CRISPR/Cas9-mediated editing of the HSV-1 genome in human cells, including the knockout and replacement of large genes. In established cells stably expressing CRISPR/Cas9, gRNA in coordination with Cas9 could direct a precise cleavage within a pre-defined target region, and foreign genes were successfully used to replace the target gene seamlessly by HDR-mediated gene replacement...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Satish K Tadi, Carine Tellier-Lebègue, Clément Nemoz, Pascal Drevet, Stéphane Audebert, Sunetra Roy, Katheryn Meek, Jean-Baptiste Charbonnier, Mauro Modesti
In mammalian cells, classical non-homologous end joining (c-NHEJ) is critical for DNA double-strand break repair induced by ionizing radiation and during V(D)J recombination in developing B and T lymphocytes. Recently, PAXX was identified as a c-NHEJ core component. We report here that PAXX-deficient cells exhibit a cellular phenotype uncharacteristic of a deficiency in c-NHEJ core components. PAXX-deficient cells display normal sensitivity to radiomimetic drugs, are proficient in transient V(D)J recombination assays, and do not shift toward higher micro-homology usage in plasmid repair assays...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
Anirban Chakraborty, Nisha Tapryal, Tatiana Venkova, Nobuo Horikoshi, Raj K Pandita, Altaf H Sarker, Partha S Sarkar, Tej K Pandita, Tapas K Hazra
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) leading to loss of nucleotides in the transcribed region can be lethal. Classical non-homologous end-joining (C-NHEJ) is the dominant pathway for DSB repair (DSBR) in adult mammalian cells. Here we report that during such DSBR, mammalian C-NHEJ proteins form a multiprotein complex with RNA polymerase II and preferentially associate with the transcribed genes after DSB induction. Depletion of C-NHEJ factors significantly abrogates DSBR in transcribed but not in non-transcribed genes...
October 5, 2016: Nature Communications
Howard H Y Chang, Go Watanabe, Christina A Gerodimos, Takashi Ochi, Tom L Blundell, Stephen P Jackson, Michael R Lieber
The nonhomologous DNA end-joining (NHEJ) pathway is a key mechanism for repairing double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) breaks that occur often in eukaryotic cells. In the simplest model, these breaks are first recognized by Ku, which then interacts with other NHEJ proteins to improve their affinity at DNA ends. These include DNA-PKcs and Artemis for trimming the DNA ends; DNA polymerase μ and λ to add nucleotides; and the DNA ligase IV complex to ligate the ends with the additional factors, XRCC4 (X-ray repair cross-complementing protein 4), XLF (XRCC4-like factor/Cernunos), and PAXX (Paralog of XRCC4 and XLF)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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
Giulia Bastianello, Hiroshi Arakawa
All three B cell-specific activities of the immunoglobulin (Ig) gene re-modeling system-gene conversion, somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination-require activation-induced deaminase (AID). AID-induced DNA lesions must be further processed and dissected into different DNA recombination pathways. In order to characterize potential intermediates for Ig gene conversion, we inserted an I-SceI recognition site into the complementarity determining region 1 (CDR1) of the Ig light chain locus of the AID knockout DT40 cell line, and conditionally expressed I-SceI endonuclease...
October 3, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Pratik K Nagaria, Carine Robert, Tea Soon Park, Jeffrey S Huo, Elias T Zambidis, Feyruz V Rassool
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are reprogrammed from adult or progenitor somatic cells and must make substantial adaptations to ensure genomic stability in order to become "embryonic stem cell- (ESC-) like." The DNA damage response (DDR) is critical for maintenance of such genomic integrity. Herein, we determined whether cell of origin and reprogramming method influence the DDR of hiPSCs. We demonstrate that hiPSCs derived from cord blood (CB) myeloid progenitors (i.e., CB-iPSC) via an efficient high-fidelity stromal-activated (sa) method closely resembled hESCs in DNA repair gene expression signature and irradiation-induced DDR, relative to hiPSCs generated from CB or fibroblasts via standard methods...
2016: Stem Cells International
Jianmin Wu, Yimin Sun, Pei-Ying Zhang, Mengyao Qian, Hengchao Zhang, Xiao Chen, Di Ma, Yunsheng Xu, Xiaoming Chen, Kai-Fu Tang
The Fra-1 transcription factor is frequently upregulated in multiple types of tumors. Here we found that Fra-1 promotes miR-134 expression. miR-134 activates JNK and ERK by targeting SDS22, which in turn induces Fra-1 expression and leads to miR-134 upregulation. In addition, miR-134 augmented H2AX S139 phosphorylation by activating JNK and promoted non-homologous end joining (NHEJ)-mediated DNA repair. Therefore, ectopic miR-134 expression reduced chemosensitivity in ovarian cancer cells. Furthermore, miR-134 promotes cell proliferation, migration and invasion of ovarian cancer cells, and enhances tumor growth in vivo...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Hisashi Hoshida, Tohru Yarimizu, Rinji Akada
Conventional gene synthesis is usually accompanied by sequence errors, which are often deletions derived from chemically synthesized oligonucleotides. Such deletions lead to frame shifts and mostly result in premature translational terminations. Therefore, in-frame fusion of a marker gene to the downstream of a synthetic gene is an effective strategy to select for frame-shift-free synthetic genes. Functional expression of fused marker genes indicates that synthetic genes are translated without premature termination, i...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Younghyun Lee, Huizi Keiko Li, Aya Masaoka, Shigeaki Sunada, Hirokazu Hirakawa, Akira Fujimori, Jac A Nickoloff, Ryuichi Okayasu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: PU-H71 is a purine-scaffold Hsp90 inhibitor developed to overcome limitations of conventional Hsp90 inhibitors. This study was designed to investigate the combined effect of PU-H71 and heavy ion irradiation on human tumor and normal cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of PU-H71 were determined by monitoring cell survival by colony formation, and DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair by γ-H2AX foci and immuno-blotting DSB repair proteins...
September 22, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Ana R Cardoso, Manuela Oliveira, Antonio Amorim, Luisa Azevedo
Copy number variants (CNVs) are important contributors to the human pathogenic genetic diversity as demonstrated by a number of cases reported in the literature. The high homology between repetitive elements may guide genomic stability which will give rise to CNVs either by non-allelic homologous recombination (NAHR) or non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). Here, we present a short guide based on previously documented cases of disease-associated CNVs in order to provide a general view on the impact of repeated elements on the stability of the genomic sequence and consequently in the origin of the human pathogenic variome...
2016: Human Genomics
Wang Wei, Wang Yushuang, Huang Lanlan, Jian Zijian, Wang Xinhua, Liu Shouren, Pi Wenhui
In animal cells, inhibition of non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway improves the efficiency of homologous recombination (HR)-mediated double-strand brakes (DSBs) repair. To improve the efficiency of HR in sheep embryo fibroblasts, the NHEJ key molecule DNA ligase 4 (Lig4) was suppressed by siRNA interference. Four pairs of siRNA targeting Lig4 were designed and chemically synthesized. These siRNA were electro-transferred into sheep embryo fibroblasts respectively. Compared with the control groups, two pairs of siRNA were identified to effectively inhibit the expression of sheep Lig4 gene by qRT-PCR and Western blotting...
September 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
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
Samantha D M Arras, James A Fraser
The development of a biolistic transformation protocol for Cryptococcus neoformans over 25 years ago ushered in a new era of molecular characterization of virulence in this previously intractable fungal pathogen. However, due to the low rate of homologous recombination in this species, the process of creating targeted gene deletions using biolistic transformation remains inefficient. To overcome the corresponding difficulty achieving molecular genetic modifications, members of the Cryptococcus community have investigated the use of specific genetic backgrounds or construct design strategies aimed at reducing ectopic construct integration via non-homologous end joining (NHEJ)...
2016: PloS One
Valentina Palermo, Sara Rinalducci, Massimo Sanchez, Francesca Grillini, Joshua A Sommers, Robert M Brosh, Lello Zolla, Annapaola Franchitto, Pietro Pichierri
Regulation of end-processing is critical for accurate repair and to switch between homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). End resection is a two-stage process but very little is known about regulation of the long-range resection, especially in humans. WRN participates in one of the two alternative long-range resection pathways mediated by DNA2 or EXO1. Here we demonstrate that phosphorylation of WRN by CDK1 is essential to perform DNA2-dependent end resection at replication-related DSBs, promoting HR, replication recovery and chromosome stability...
2016: Nature Communications
Mert Yanik, Brigitte Müller, Fei Song, Jacqueline Gall, Franziska Wagner, Wolfgang Wende, Birgit Lorenz, Knut Stieger
In vivo genome editing represents an emerging field in the treatment of monogenic disorders, as it may constitute a solution to the current hurdles in classic gene addition therapy, which are the low levels and limited duration of transgene expression. Following the introduction of a double strand break (DSB) at the mutational site by highly specific endonucleases, such as TALENs (transcription activator like effector nucleases) or RNA based nucleases (clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats - CRISPR-Cas), the cell's own DNA repair machinery restores integrity to the DNA strand and corrects the mutant sequence, thus allowing the cell to produce protein levels as needed...
September 10, 2016: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
Min Liu, Hongyan Wang, Solah Lee, Bailong Liu, Lihua Dong, Ya Wang
PURPOSE: To clarify which DNA double-strand break repair pathway, non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ), homologous recombination repair (HRR) or both, plays a key role in potentially lethal damage repair (PLDR). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Combining published data and our new potentially lethal damage repair (PLDR) data, we explain whether similar to sublethal damage repair (SLDR), PLDR also mainly depends on NHEJ versus HRR. The PLDR data used the same cell lines: wild type, HRR or NHEJ-deficient fibroblast cells, as those SLDR data published by our laboratory previously...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
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