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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(28): 16527-16536, 2020 07 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32601218

RESUMO

Folate deprivation drives the instability of a group of rare fragile sites (RFSs) characterized by CGG trinucleotide repeat (TNR) sequences. Pathological expansion of the TNR within the FRAXA locus perturbs DNA replication and is the major causative factor for fragile X syndrome, a sex-linked disorder associated with cognitive impairment. Although folate-sensitive RFSs share many features with common fragile sites (CFSs; which are found in all individuals), they are induced by different stresses and share no sequence similarity. It is known that a pathway (termed MiDAS) is employed to complete the replication of CFSs in early mitosis. This process requires RAD52 and is implicated in generating translocations and copy number changes at CFSs in cancers. However, it is unclear whether RFSs also utilize MiDAS and to what extent the fragility of CFSs and RFSs arises by shared or distinct mechanisms. Here, we demonstrate that MiDAS does occur at FRAXA following folate deprivation but proceeds via a pathway that shows some mechanistic differences from that at CFSs, being dependent on RAD51, SLX1, and POLD3. A failure to complete MiDAS at FRAXA leads to severe locus instability and missegregation in mitosis. We propose that break-induced DNA replication is required for the replication of FRAXA under folate stress and define a cellular function for human SLX1. These findings provide insights into how folate deprivation drives instability in the human genome.


Assuntos
Endodesoxirribonucleases/metabolismo , Ácido Fólico/metabolismo , Síndrome do Cromossomo X Frágil/metabolismo , Mitose , Rad51 Recombinase/metabolismo , DNA/genética , DNA/metabolismo , Reparo do DNA , Endodesoxirribonucleases/genética , Síndrome do Cromossomo X Frágil/genética , Síndrome do Cromossomo X Frágil/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Rad51 Recombinase/genética , Proteína Rad52 de Recombinação e Reparo de DNA/genética , Proteína Rad52 de Recombinação e Reparo de DNA/metabolismo , Recombinases/genética , Recombinases/metabolismo
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Front Genet ; 5: 287, 2014.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25191341

RESUMO

DNA is constantly under attack by a number of both exogenous and endogenous agents that challenge its integrity. Among the mechanisms that have evolved to counteract this deleterious action, mismatch repair (MMR) has specialized in removing DNA biosynthetic errors that occur when replicating the genome. Malfunction or inactivation of this system results in an increase in spontaneous mutability and a strong predisposition to tumor development. Besides this key corrective role, MMR proteins are involved in other pathways of DNA metabolism such as mitotic and meiotic recombination and processing of oxidative damage. Surprisingly, MMR is also required for certain mutagenic processes. The mutagenic MMR has beneficial consequences contributing to the generation of a vast repertoire of antibodies through class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation processes. However, this non-canonical mutagenic MMR also has detrimental effects; it promotes repeat expansions associated with neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases and may contribute to cancer/disease-related aberrant mutations and translocations. The reaction responsible for replication error correction has been the most thoroughly studied and it is the subject to numerous reviews. This review describes briefly the biochemistry of MMR and focuses primarily on the non-canonical MMR activities described in mammals as well as emerging research implicating interplay of MMR and chromatin.

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Neoplasia ; 15(11): 1301-13, 2013 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24339742

RESUMO

Human tumors using the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) exert high rates of telomere dysfunction. Numerical chromosomal aberrations are very frequent, and structural rearrangements are widely scattered among the genome. This challenging context allows the study of telomere dysfunction-driven chromosomal instability in neoplasia (CIN) in a massive scale. We used molecular cytogenetics to achieve detailed karyotyping in 10 human ALT neoplastic cell lines. We identified 518 clonal recombinant chromosomes affected by 649 structural rearrangements. While all human chromosomes were involved in random or clonal, terminal, or pericentromeric rearrangements and were capable to undergo telomere healing at broken ends, a differential recombinatorial propensity of specific genomic regions was noted. We show that ALT cells undergo epigenetic modifications rendering polycentric chromosomes functionally monocentric, and because of increased terminal recombinogenicity, they generate clonal recombinant chromosomes with interstitial telomeric repeats. Losses of chromosomes 13, X, and 22, gains of 2, 3, 5, and 20, and translocation/deletion events involving several common chromosomal fragile sites (CFSs) were recurrent. Long-term reconstitution of telomerase activity in ALT cells reduced significantly the rates of random ongoing telomeric and pericentromeric CIN. However, the contribution of CFS in overall CIN remained unaffected, suggesting that in ALT cells whole-genome replication stress is not suppressed by telomerase activation. Our results provide novel insights into ALT-driven CIN, unveiling in parallel specific genomic sites that may harbor genes critical for ALT cancerous cell growth.


Assuntos
Instabilidade Cromossômica , Aberrações Cromossômicas , Cromossomos Humanos/metabolismo , Homeostase do Telômero/genética , Telômero/genética , Telômero/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Cromossomos Humanos/genética , Humanos , Cariotipagem , Translocação Genética/genética
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PLoS One ; 8(9): e74202, 2013.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24098638

RESUMO

Telomere reprogramming and silencing of exogenous genes have been demonstrated in mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). Pigs have the potential to provide xenotransplant for humans, and to model and test human diseases. We investigated the telomere length and maintenance in porcine iPS cells generated and cultured under various conditions. Telomere lengths vary among different porcine iPS cell lines, some with telomere elongation and maintenance, and others telomere shortening. Porcine iPS cells with sufficient telomere length maintenance show the ability to differentiate in vivo by teratoma formation test. IPS cells with short or dysfunctional telomeres exhibit reduced ability to form teratomas. Moreover, insufficient telomerase and incomplete telomere reprogramming and/or maintenance link to sustained activation of exogenous genes in porcine iPS cells. In contrast, porcine iPS cells with reduced expression of exogenous genes or partial exogene silencing exhibit insufficient activation of endogenous pluripotent genes and telomerase genes, accompanied by telomere shortening with increasing passages. Moreover, telomere doublets, telomere sister chromatid exchanges and t-circles that presumably are involved in telomere lengthening by recombination also are found in porcine iPS cells. These data suggest that both telomerase-dependent and telomerase-independent mechanisms are involved in telomere reprogramming during induction and passages of porcine iPS cells, but these are insufficient, resulting in increased telomere damage and shortening, and chromosomal instability. Active exogenes might compensate for insufficient activation of endogenous genes and incomplete telomere reprogramming and maintenance of porcine iPS cells. Further understanding of telomere reprogramming and maintenance may help improve the quality of porcine iPS cells.


Assuntos
Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas/fisiologia , Telômero/genética , Telômero/fisiologia , Análise de Variância , Animais , Diferenciação Celular/fisiologia , Primers do DNA/genética , Eletroforese em Gel Bidimensional , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/fisiologia , Técnicas Histológicas , Hibridização in Situ Fluorescente , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Suínos , Telomerase/metabolismo , Telômero/ultraestrutura , Homeostase do Telômero/fisiologia
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