DNA and Chromosomes
The Mfd protein is the transcription-repair coupling factor (TRCF) in Mycobacterium smegmatisIn vitro and in vivo experiments with Escherichia coli have shown that the Mfd translocase is responsible for transcription-coupled repair, a subpathway of nucleotide excision repair involving the faster rate of repair of the transcribed strand than the nontranscribed strand. Even though the mfd gene is conserved in all bacterial lineages, there is only limited information on whether it performs the same function in other bacterial species. Here, by genome scale analysis of repair of UV-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers, we find that the Mfd protein is the transcription-repair coupling factor in Mycobacterium smegmatis.
Mycobacteria excise DNA damage in 12- or 13-nucleotide-long oligomers by prokaryotic-type dual incisions and performs transcription-coupled repairIn nucleotide excision repair, bulky DNA lesions such as UV-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers are removed from the genome by concerted dual incisions bracketing the lesion, followed by gap filling and ligation. So far, two dual-incision patterns have been discovered: the prokaryotic type, which removes the damage in 11–13-nucleotide-long oligomers, and the eukaryotic type, which removes the damage in 24–32-nucleotide-long oligomers. However, a recent study reported that the UvrC protein of Mycobacterium tuberculosis removes damage in a manner analogous to yeast and humans in a 25-mer oligonucleotide arising from incisions at 15 nt from the 3´ end and 9 nt from the 5´ end flanking the damage.
Genome-wide single-nucleotide resolution of oxaliplatin–DNA adduct repair in drug-sensitive and -resistant colorectal cancer cell linesPlatinum-based chemotherapies, including oxaliplatin, are a mainstay in the management of solid tumors and induce cell death by forming intrastrand dinucleotide DNA adducts. Despite their common use, they are highly toxic, and approximately half of cancer patients have tumors that are either intrinsically resistant or develop resistance. Previous studies suggest that this resistance is mediated by variations in DNA repair levels or net drug influx. Here, we aimed to better define the roles of nucleotide excision repair and DNA damage in platinum chemotherapy resistance by profiling DNA damage and repair efficiency in seven oxaliplatin-sensitive and three oxaliplatin-resistant colorectal cancer cell lines.
Drosophila, which lacks canonical transcription-coupled repair proteins, performs transcription-coupled repairPrevious work with the classic T4 endonuclease V digestion of DNA from irradiated Drosophila cells followed by Southern hybridization led to the conclusion that Drosophila lacks transcription-coupled repair (TCR). This conclusion was reinforced by the Drosophila Genome Project, which revealed that Drosophila lacks Cockayne syndrome WD repeat protein (CSA), CSB, or UV-stimulated scaffold protein A (UVSSA) homologs, whose orthologs are present in eukaryotes ranging from Arabidopsis to humans that carry out TCR.
Long-term, genome-wide kinetic analysis of the effect of the circadian clock and transcription on the repair of cisplatin-DNA adducts in the mouse liverCisplatin is the most commonly used chemotherapeutic drug for managing solid tumors. However, toxicity and the innate or acquired resistance of cancer cells to the drug limit its usefulness. Cisplatin kills cells by forming cisplatin-DNA adducts, most commonly the Pt-d(GpG) diadduct. We recently showed that, in mice, repair of this adduct 2 h following injection is controlled by two circadian programs. 1) The circadian clock controls transcription of 2000 genes in liver and, via transcription-directed repair, controls repair of the transcribed strand (TS) of these genes in a rhythmic fashion unique to each gene’s phase of transcription.
Single-nucleotide resolution analysis of nucleotide excision repair of ribosomal DNA in humans and miceThe unique nucleolar environment, the repetitive nature of ribosomal DNA (rDNA), and especially the possible involvement of RNA polymerase I (RNAPI) in transcription-coupled repair (TCR) have made the study of repair of rDNA both interesting and challenging. TCR, the transcription-dependent, preferential excision repair of the template strand compared with the nontranscribed (coding) strand has been clearly demonstrated in genes transcribed by RNAPII. Whether TCR occurs in rDNA is unresolved. In the present work, we have applied analytical methods to map repair events in rDNA using data generated by the newly developed XR-seq procedure, which measures excision repair genome-wide with single-nucleotide resolution.
RNA polymerase II is released from the DNA template during transcription-coupled repair in mammalian cellsIn mammalian cells, bulky DNA adducts located in the template but not the coding strand of genes block elongation by RNA polymerase II (RNAPII). The blocked RNAPII targets these transcription-blocking adducts to undergo more rapid excision repair than adducts located elsewhere in the genome. In excision repair, coupled incisions are made in the damaged DNA strand on both sides of the adduct. The fate of RNAPII in the course of this transcription-coupled repair (TCR) pathway is unclear. To address the fate of RNAPII, we used methods that control transcription to initiate a discrete “wave” of elongation complexes.
Mfd translocase is necessary and sufficient for transcription-coupled repair in Escherichia coliNucleotide excision repair in Escherichia coli is stimulated by transcription, specifically in the transcribed strand. Previously, it was shown that this transcription-coupled repair (TCR) is mediated by the Mfd translocase. Recently, it was proposed that in fact the majority of TCR in E. coli is catalyzed by a second pathway (“backtracking-mediated TCR”) that is dependent on the UvrD helicase and the guanosine pentaphosphate (ppGpp) alarmone/stringent response regulator. Recently, we reported that as measured by the excision repair–sequencing (XR-seq), UvrD plays no role in TCR genome-wide.
Molecular mechanisms and genomic maps of DNA excision repair in Escherichia coli and humansNucleotide excision repair is a major DNA repair mechanism in all cellular organisms. In this repair system, the DNA damage is removed by concerted dual incisions bracketing the damage and at a precise distance from the damage. Here, we review the basic mechanisms of excision repair in Escherichia coli and humans and the recent genome-wide mapping of DNA damage and repair in these organisms at single-nucleotide resolution.