Stracker TH, Morales M, Couto SS, Hussein H, Petrini JH.. The carboxy terminus of NBS1 is required for induction of apoptosis by the MRE11 complex. Nature 447: 218-221

Molecular Biology and Genetics, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, New York 10021, USA.
Nature (Impact Factor: 41.46). 05/2007; 447(7141):218-21. DOI: 10.1038/nature05740
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The MRE11 complex (MRE11, RAD50 and NBS1) and the ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase function in the same DNA damage response pathway to effect cell cycle checkpoint activation and apoptosis. The functional interaction between the MRE11 complex and ATM has been proposed to require a conserved C-terminal domain of NBS1 for recruitment of ATM to sites of DNA damage. Human Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS) cells and those derived from multiple mouse models of NBS express a hypomorphic NBS1 allele that exhibits impaired ATM activity despite having an intact C-terminal domain. This indicates that the NBS1 C terminus is not sufficient for ATM function. We derived Nbs1(DeltaC/DeltaC) mice in which the C-terminal ATM interaction domain is deleted. Nbs1(DeltaC/DeltaC) cells exhibit intra-S-phase checkpoint defects, but are otherwise indistinguishable from wild-type cells with respect to other checkpoint functions, ionizing radiation sensitivity and chromosome stability. However, multiple tissues of Nbs1(DeltaC/DeltaC) mice showed a severe apoptotic defect, comparable to that of ATM- or CHK2-deficient animals. Analysis of p53 transcriptional targets and ATM substrates showed that, in contrast to the phenotype of Chk2(-/-) mice, NBS1(DeltaC) does not impair the induction of proapoptotic genes. Instead, the defects observed in Nbs1(DeltaC/DeltaC) result from impaired phosphorylation of ATM targets including SMC1 and the proapoptotic factor, BID.

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    • "The MRE11 complex both promotes the activation of ATM and ATR and acts as a mediator, regulating their ability to phosphorylate a yet unknown fraction of their hundreds of substrates, which include key regulators of cell cycle checkpoints, DNA repair and transcriptional activities [24] [25] [26] [27] [28]. The influence of the MRE11 complex on the activation of ATM, as well as its mediator functions, are required for efficient checkpoint induction in the S and G2 phases of the cell cycle, as well as apoptosis in lymphoid cells [14] [15] [27]. "
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    • "It also acts as a bridge between the two broken DNA ends, keeping them in close proximity to facilitate a proper repair [18]. Subsequently, latent ATM dimers are activated and bind the MRN complex through the C-terminal part of NBS1 [19]. The active monomers of ATM transduce the signal by means of the phosphorylation of different targets, including those factors responsible of the cell cycle regulation, as well as others that ultimately repair the DNA damage. "
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    • "In addition apoptosis seems to be diminished when nibrin is absent or mutated. In two mouse models, disruption of the ATM interaction site in nibrin led to a severe apoptotic defect [104,105]. Since ATM is involved in IR-induced, p53-dependent and p53-independent, apoptotic pathways [106,107] the reduced apoptosis in the nibrin mutant cells reflects a failure in the activation of ATM. A study on human lymphoblastoid cell lines with different p53 status supports the view, that nibrin functions in IR-induced apoptosis via its role in activating ATM [108]. "
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