DNA nucleotide excision repair-dependent signaling to checkpoint activation

Dipartimento di Scienze Biomolecolari e Biotecnologie, Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria 26, 20133 Milano, Italy.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.67). 12/2006; 103(46):17325-30. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0605446103
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Eukaryotic cells respond to a variety of DNA insults by triggering a common signal transduction cascade, known as checkpoint response, which temporarily halts cell-cycle progression. Although the main players involved in the cascade have been identified, there is still uncertainty about the nature of the structures that activate these surveillance mechanisms. To understand the role of nucleotide excision repair (NER) in checkpoint activation, we analyzed the UV-induced phosphorylation of the key checkpoint proteins Chk1 and p53, in primary fibroblasts from patients with xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), Cockayne syndrome (CS), trichothiodystrophy (TTD), or UV light-sensitive syndrome. These disorders are due to defects in transcription-coupled NER (TC-NER) and/or global genome NER (GG-NER), the NER subpathways repairing the transcribed strand of active genes or the rest of the genome, respectively. We show here that in G0/G1 and G2/M phases of the cell cycle, triggering of the DNA damage cascade requires recognition and processing of the lesions by the GG-NER. Loss of TC-NER does not affect checkpoint activation. Mutations in XPD, XPB, and in TTDA, encoding subunits of the TFIIH complex, involved in both transcription and NER, impair checkpoint triggering. The only exception is represented by mutations in XPD, resulting in combined features of XP and CS (XP/CS) that lead to activation of the checkpoint cascade after UV radiation. Inhibition of RNA polymerase II transcription significantly reduces the phosphorylation of key checkpoint factors in XP/CS fibroblasts on exposure to UV damage.

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    • "NER comprises two subpathways: the global genome NER and the transcription coupled NER [16–18]. Global genome NER recognises and repairs UV-induced DNA lesions in nontranscribed DNA throughout the genome, while transcription-coupled NER is initiated by damaged DNA-induced arrest of transcribing RNA-polymerase II on the transcribed strand of an active gene [18]. "
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    • "Once the DNA damage is detected by GGR or TCR, the remaining members of the NER process are recruited. Briefly, this process involves unwinding of the DNA helix around the lesion by the helicases XPB and XPD, incision of the DNA upstream and downstream of the lesion by the endonucleases XPF/ERCC1 and XPG and DNA resynthesis and ligation by DNA polymerases δ and ε and DNA ligase I [8]. "
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    • "The most common UV-induced lesions are 6–4 photoproducts and cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers that are mainly repaired by nucleotide-excision repair (NER). During NER small ssDNA gaps are formed that likely trigger ATR-mediated checkpoint activation (Marini et al., 2006;Warmerdam et al., 2009). Cell cycle regulation of NER, which could explain low RPA focus formation in G2 cells after UV, was studied by incubating UVtreated cells with nucleotide analogue EdU, which is incorporated in newly synthesized DNA in S phase and during NER (Nakazawa et al., 2010) (Fig. 1C; supplementary material Fig. S1D,E). "
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