Association of BRCA1 with the hRad50-hMre11-p95 complex and the DNA damage response

Department of Molecular Medicine, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 15355 Lambda Drive, San Antonio, TX 78245, USA.
Science (Impact Factor: 33.61). 08/1999; 285(5428):747-50.
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BRCA1 encodes a tumor suppressor that is mutated in familial breast and ovarian cancers. Here, it is shown that BRCA1 interacts in vitro and in vivo with hRad50, which forms a complex with hMre11 and p95/nibrin. Upon irradiation, BRCA1 was detected in discrete foci in the nucleus, which colocalize with hRad50. Formation of irradiation-induced foci positive for BRCA1, hRad50, hMre11, or p95 was dramatically reduced in HCC/1937 breast cancer cells carrying a homozygous mutation in BRCA1 but was restored by transfection of wild-type BRCA1. Ectopic expression of wild-type, but not mutated, BRCA1 in these cells rendered them less sensitive to the DNA damage agent, methyl methanesulfonate. These data suggest that BRCA1 is important for the cellular responses to DNA damage that are mediated by the hRad50-hMre11-p95 complex.

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    • "However, their enhanced association at G2 suggests a function during late replication or during recombination-associated events at the telomere [38], [66]. While BRCA1 is essential for recruitment of recombination proteins to promote strand processing and invasion, and to form recombination intermediates, its recruitment to telomeres requires RAD50 during S-phase [42], [53], [61]. Our data indicate that BLM is also part of stable complexes with RAD50, albeit predominantly in G2 and suggest that BLM-BRCA1 complexes may be distinct from BRCA1-RAD50 complexes required during recombination initiation (Figures 5–8). "
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    • "Through its interaction with BRCA2/Rad51, BRCA1 promotes HR, which often occurs in proliferating cells [23], [24]. In addition, BRCA1 is responsible for NHEJ by associating with the Ku80 RAD50-MRE11-NBS1 complex through its BRCT domains at the C-terminus [16], [25]. Data from our previous study also confirmed that BRCA1 phosphorylation regulates the fidelity of NHEJ by checkpoint kinase 2 [9]. "
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