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Mind the gap: Keeping UV lesions in check

Novarina, D., Amara, F., Lazzaro, F., Plevani, P. & Muzi-Falconi, M., 15-Jul-2011, In : Dna repair. 10, 7, p. 751-759 9 p.

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Cells respond to genotoxic insults by triggering a DNA damage checkpoint surveillance mechanism and by activating repair pathways. Recent findings indicate that the two processes are more related than originally thought. Here we discuss the mechanisms involved in responding to UV-induced lesions in different phases of the cell cycle and summarize the most recent data in a model where Nucleotide Excision Repair (NER) and exonucleolytic activities act in sequence leading to checkpoint activation in non replicating cells. The critical trigger is likely represented by problematic intermediates that cannot be completely or efficiently repaired by NER. In S phase cells, on the other hand, the replicative polymerases, blocked by bulky UV lesions, re-initiate DNA synthesis downstream of the lesions, leaving behind a ssDNA tract. If these gaps are not rapidly refilled, checkpoint kinases will be activated. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-759
Number of pages9
JournalDna repair
Volume10
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 15-Jul-2011
Externally publishedYes

    Keywords

  • UV irradiation, DNA damage checkpoint, DNA repair, NUCLEOTIDE-EXCISION-REPAIR, DNA-DAMAGE CHECKPOINT, CYCLOBUTYL PYRIMIDINE DIMERS, HUMAN-DIPLOID FIBROBLASTS, PIGMENTOSUM GROUP-A, SACCHAROMYCES-CEREVISIAE, CELL-CYCLE, S-PHASE, ATAXIA-TELANGIECTASIA, BUDDING YEAST

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