Initiation of DNA interstrand cross-link repair in humans: The nucleotide excision repair system makes dual incisions 5' to the cross- linked base and removes a 22- to 28-nucleotide-long damage-free strand

Tadayoshi Bessho, David Mu, Aziz Sancar

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Abstract

Most DNA repair mechanisms rely on the redundant information inherent to the duplex to remove damaged nucleotides and replace them with normal ones, using the complementary strand as a template. Interstrand cross-links pose a unique challenge to the DNA repair machinery because both strands are damaged. To study the repair of interstrand cross-links by mammalian cells, we tested the activities of cell extracts of wild-type or excision repair- defective rodent cell lines and of purified human excision nuclease on a duplex with a site-specific cross-link. We found that in contrast to monoadducts, which are removed by dual incisions bracketing the lesion, the cross-link causes dual incisions, both 5' to the cross-link in one of the two strands. The net result is the generation of a 22- to 28-nucleotide-long gap immediately 5' to the cross-link. This gap may act as a recombinogenic signal to initiate cross-link removal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6822-6830
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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