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Nonhomologous end joining

Osamu Mizutani, Takayuki Arazoe, Kenji Toshida, Risa Hayashi, Shuichi Ohsato, Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto, Shigeru Kuwata, Osamu Yamada
Transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), which can generate DNA double-strand breaks at specific sites in the desired genome locus, have been used in many organisms as a tool for genome editing. In Aspergilli, including Aspergillus oryzae, however, the use of TALENs has not been validated. In this study, we performed genome editing of A. oryzae wild-type strain via error of nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) repair by transient expression of high-efficiency Platinum-Fungal TALENs (PtFg TALENs)...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Mohammad B Hossain, Rehnuma Shifat, David G Johnson, Mark T Bedford, Konrad R Gabrusiewicz, Nahir Cortes-Santiago, Xuemei Luo, Zhimin Lu, Ravesanker Ezhilarasan, Erik P Sulman, Hong Jiang, Shawn S C Li, Frederick F Lang, Jessica Tyler, Mien-Chie Hung, Juan Fueyo, Candelaria Gomez-Manzano
DNA repair pathways enable cancer cells to survive DNA damage induced after genotoxic therapies. Tyrosine kinase receptors (TKRs) have been reported as regulators of the DNA repair machinery. TIE2 is a TKR overexpressed in human gliomas at levels that correlate with the degree of increasing malignancy. Following ionizing radiation, TIE2 translocates to the nucleus, conferring cells with an enhanced nonhomologous end-joining mechanism of DNA repair that results in a radioresistant phenotype. Nuclear TIE2 binds to key components of DNA repair and phosphorylates H4 at tyrosine 51, which, in turn, is recognized by the proto-oncogene ABL1, indicating a role for nuclear TIE2 as a sensor for genotoxic stress by action as a histone modifier...
April 2016: Science Advances
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
James E Haber
Double-strand breaks (DSBs) pose a severe challenge to genome integrity; consequently, cells have developed efficient mechanisms to repair DSBs through several pathways of homologous recombination and other nonhomologous end-joining processes. Much of our understanding of these pathways has come from the analysis of site-specific DSBs created by the HO endonuclease in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. I was fortunate to get in on the ground floor of analyzing the fate of synchronously induced DSBs through the study of what I coined "in vivo biochemistry...
October 3, 2016: Annual Review of Genetics
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
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
Liang Wei, Brian J Leibowitz, Xinwei Wang, Michael Epperly, Joel Greenberger, Lin Zhang, Jian Yu
Radiotherapy causes dose-limiting toxicity and long-term complications in rapidly renewing tissues, including the gastrointestinal tract. Currently, there is no FDA-approved agent for the prevention or treatment of radiation-induced intestinal injury. In this study, we have shown that PD 0332991 (PD), an FDA-approved selective inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK4/6), prevents radiation-induced lethal intestinal injury in mice. Treating mice with PD or a structurally distinct CDK4/6 inhibitor prior to radiation blocked proliferation and crypt apoptosis and improved crypt regeneration...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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
S Gao, Y Surovtseva, R S Bindra
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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
Arslan Akmammedov, Tomonori Katsuyama, Renato Paro
Owing to their modular and highly specific DNA recognition mode, transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) have been rapidly adopted by the scientific community for the purpose of generating site-specific double-strand breaks (DSBs) on a DNA molecule. A pair of TALENs can be used to produce random insertions or deletions of various lengths via nonhomologous end-joining or together with a homologous donor DNA to induce precise sequence alterations by homologous recombination (HR). Here, we describe a method for TALEN assembly (easyT) and a strategy for genome engineering via HR...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
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
Lin Ye, Jiaming Wang, Yuting Tan, Ashley I Beyer, Fei Xie, Marcus O Muench, Yuet Wai Kan
Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) is a condition in some individuals who have a high level of fetal hemoglobin throughout life. Individuals with compound heterozygous β-thalassemia or sickle cell disease (SCD) and HPFH have milder clinical manifestations. Using RNA-guided clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-associated Cas9 (CRISPR-Cas9) genome-editing technology, we deleted, in normal hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs), 13 kb of the β-globin locus to mimic the naturally occurring Sicilian HPFH mutation...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Vipul Kumar, Frederick W Alt, Richard L Frock
Classical nonhomologous end joining (C-NHEJ) is a major mammalian DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair pathway. Core C-NHEJ factors, such as XRCC4, are required for joining DSB intermediates of the G1 phase-specific V(D)J recombination reaction in progenitor lymphocytes. Core factors also contribute to joining DSBs in cycling mature B-lineage cells, including DSBs generated during antibody class switch recombination (CSR) and DSBs generated by ionizing radiation. The XRCC4-like-factor (XLF) C-NHEJ protein is dispensable for V(D)J recombination in normal cells, but because of functional redundancy, it is absolutely required for this process in cells deficient for the ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) DSB response factor...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Chloé Lescale, Hélène Lenden Hasse, Andrew N Blackford, Gabriel Balmus, Joy J Bianchi, Wei Yu, Léa Bacoccina, Angélique Jarade, Christophe Clouin, Rohan Sivapalan, Bernardo Reina-San-Martin, Stephen P Jackson, Ludovic Deriano
Paralog of XRCC4 and XLF (PAXX) is a member of the XRCC4 superfamily and plays a role in nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ), a DNA repair pathway critical for lymphocyte antigen receptor gene assembly. Here, we find that the functions of PAXX and XLF in V(D)J recombination are masked by redundant joining activities. Thus, combined PAXX and XLF deficiency leads to an inability to join RAG-cleaved DNA ends. Additionally, we demonstrate that PAXX function in V(D)J recombination depends on its interaction with Ku...
September 13, 2016: Cell Reports
Katheryn Meek, Yao Xu, Caleb Bailie, Kefei Yu, Jessica A Neal
The evidence that ATM affects resolution of RAG-induced DNA double-strand breaks is profuse and unequivocal; moreover, it is clear that the RAG complex itself cooperates (in an undetermined way) with ATM to facilitate repair of these double-strand breaks by the classical nonhomologous end-joining pathway. The mechanistic basis for the cooperation between ATM and the RAG complex has not been defined, although proposed models invoke ATM and RAG2's C terminus in maintaining the RAG postcleavage complex. In this study, we show that ATM reduces the rate of both coding and signal joining in a robust episomal assay; we suggest that this is the result of increased stability of the postcleavage complex...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Keping Jiao, Juan Qin, Yumei Zhao, Honglian Zhang
Ligase IV and XRCC4 genes, important molecules in the nonhomologous end-joining pathway for repairing DNA double-strand breaks, may play crucial roles in carcinogenesis. To detect their effects on the risk of human glioma, their gene expression differences between 110 human glioma tissues and 50 healthy brain tissues were determined using quantitative real-time PCR. Furthermore, two tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ligase IV and four SNPs in XRCC4 genes were genotyped in 317 glioma patients and 352 healthy controls...
September 28, 2016: Neuroreport
Ali Bakr, Sabrina Köcher, Jennifer Volquardsen, Cordula Petersen, Kerstin Borgmann, Ekkehard Dikomey, Kai Rothkamm, Wael Y Mansour
End processing at DNA double strand breaks (DSB) is a decisive step in repair pathway selection. Here, we investigated the role of 53BP1/RIF1 in limiting BRCA1/CtIP-mediated end resection to control DSB repair pathway choice. ATM orchestrates this process through 53BP1 phosphorylation to promote RIF1 recruitment. As cells enter S/G2-phase, end resection is activated, which displaces pATM from DSB sites and diminishes 53BP1 phosphorylation and RIF1 recruitment. Consistently, the kinetics of ATM and 53BP1 phosphorylation in S/G2-phase concur...
August 2, 2016: Oncotarget
Robin Sebastian, Sathees C Raghavan
Endosulfan (ES) is an organochlorine pesticide, speculated to be associated with chromosomal abnormalities and diseases in humans. However, very little is known about the mechanism of its genotoxicity. Using in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro model systems, we show that exposure to ES induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) in a concentration and time-dependent manner. The generation of ROS results in DNA double-strand breaks either directly or in a replication-dependent manner, both in mice and human cells. Importantly, ES-induced DNA damage evokes DNA damage response, resulting in elevated levels of classical non-homologous DNA endjoining (NHEJ), the predominant double-strand break repair pathway in higher eukaryotes...
October 2016: Carcinogenesis
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