UHRF1 contributes to DNA damage repair as a lesion recognition factor and nuclease scaffold

Yanyan Tian, Manikandan Paramasivam, Gargi Ghosal, Ding Chen, Xi Shen, Yaling Huang, Shamima Akhter, Randy Legerski, Junjie Chen, Michael M. Seidman, Jun Qin, Lei Li

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We identified ubiquitin-like with PHD and RING finger domain 1 (UHRF1) as a binding factor for DNA interstrand crosslink (ICL) lesions through affinity purification of ICL-recognition activities. UHRF1 is recruited to DNA lesions invivo and binds directly to ICL-containing DNA. UHRF1-deficient cells display increased sensitivity to a variety of DNA damages. We found that loss of UHRF1 led to retarded lesion processing and reduced recruitment of ICL repair nucleases to the site of DNA damage. UHRF1 interacts physically with both ERCC1 and MUS81, two nucleases involved in the repair of ICL lesions. Depletion of both UHRF1 and components of the Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway resulted in increased DNA damage sensitivity compared to defect of each mechanism alone. These results suggest that UHRF1 promotes recruitment of lesion-processing activities via its affinity to recognize DNA damage and functions as a nuclease recruitment scaffold in parallel to the FA pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1957-1966
Number of pages10
JournalCell Reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 31 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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