PCNA is ubiquitinated by RNF8

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York 10595, USA.
Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) (Impact Factor: 4.57). 12/2008; 7(21):3399-404. DOI: 10.4161/cc.7.21.6949
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The ubiquitination of PCNA is an essential event in the operation of the DNA Damage Tolerance (DDT) pathway that is activated after DNA damage caused by UV or chemical agents during S-phase. This pathway allows the bypass of DNA damage by translesion synthesis that would otherwise cause replication fork stalling. PCNA is mono-ubiquitinated by Rad18-Rad6, and polyubiquitinated by Rad5-Ubc13/Uev1 in the DDT pathway. Mono-and polyubiquitination of PCNA are key processes in the translesion bypass and template switching sub-pathways of the DDT. DNA damage by IR causes DSBs, which trigger the DNA Damage Response (DDR). The ubiquitin ligase RNF8 has a critical role in the assembly of BRCA1 complexes at the DSBs in the DDR. We show that RNF8 readily mono-ubiquitinates PCNA in the presence of UbcH5c, and polyubiquitinates PCNA in the added presence of Ubc13/Uev1a. These reactions are the same as those performed by Rad18-Rad6 and Rad5-Ubc13. RNF8 depletion suppressed both UV and MNNG-stimulated mono-ubiquitination of PCNA, revealing that an RNF8-dependent pathway for PCNA ubiquitination is operative in vivo. These findings provide evidence that RNF8, a key E3 ligase in the DDR, may also play a role in the DDT.

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    • "Concentrations of Pol δ (p125 subunit content), PDIP46 and its mutants were determined by SDS-PAGE with a range of concentrations of catalase as protein standard (Fig. S6, Supplementary Data). Human PCNA was expressed in E. coli and purified as previously described[81,82]. "
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    • "Given that PCNA-mUb promotes TLS pathway (Hoege et al., 2002;Moldovan et al., 2007;Chen et al., 2011), many studies have been performed to understand how this modification happens in vivo (Hedglin and Benkovic, 2015). In addition to the major E3 ubiquitin ligase RAD18, several other E3 ligases, like RNF8 (Zhang et al., 2008) and CRL cdt2 (Terai et al., 2010), have been reported to regulate PCNA-mUb. Additionally, many factors, including SIVA1 (Han et al., 2014), Spartan/C1orf124 (protein with sprT-like domain at the N terminus, also known as DVC1 [DNA damage protein targeting VCP]) (Centore et al., 2012), MSH2 (MutS protein homolog 2) (Zlatanou et al., 2011;Lv et al., 2013), BRCA1 (breast cancer 1) (Tian et al., 2013), have also been found to regulate the RAD18-dependent PCNA-mUb. "
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    • "Concentrations of Pol δ (p125 subunit content), PDIP46 and its mutants were determined by SDS-PAGE with a range of concentrations of catalase as protein standard (Fig. S6, Supplementary Data). Human PCNA was expressed in E. coli and purified as previously described[81,82]. "
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