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Acetylation of the histone H3 N-terminus promotes DNA double-strand break repair in Kluyveromyces lactis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Wenner-Gren Institute , Developmental Biology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Wenner-Gren Institute , Developmental Biology.
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Condensed chromatin hinders proteins from accessing the DNA, hence posing a block to processes like DNA repair. In this study, we investigate how histone modifications influence DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair. We show that blocking phosphorylation of serine 129 of histone H2A impairs DSB-repair, probably by reducing the efficiency of homologous recombination (HR). The lysine residues of histone H3 and H4 are subjected to reversible acetylation and methylation and we exchanged the lysines for either arginine (mimicking non-acetylated lysine) or glutamine (mimicking acetylated lysine). A histone H3 mutant with five N-terminal lysines exchanged for arginine showed reduced gene conversion and perturbed cell cycle progression. Leaving a single lysine residue intact was sufficient for protecting cells from DNA damage. In addition, exchanging the five lysines for glutamine did not result in these defects, indicating that one lysine residue in the histone H3 N-terminus must be acetylated for efficient DSB-repair. We find no evidence for that histone modification reduces the efficiency of nonhomologous end joining. Furthermore, the histone H3 K9, 14, 18, 23, 27R mutation is not defective in transcription of DSB repair genes indicating that the defects we observe in DSB-repair is unlikely to be due to indirect regulatory effects. These findings indicate that both histone H2A phosphorylation and histone H3 acetylation is important for the efficiency of the HR-pathway.

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Developmental Biology
Research subject
Developmental Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81362OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-81362DiVA: diva2:561122
Available from: 2012-10-17 Created: 2012-10-17 Last updated: 2012-10-31Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. DNA double-strand break repair in ascomycetes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>DNA double-strand break repair in ascomycetes
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) and homologous recombination (HR) are two pathways for DNA double strand break (DSB) repair. We found that the NHEJ protein Nej1 interacted physically with the HR protein Srs2, which was dependent on phosphorylation of Nej1 by Dun1. Srs2 recruitment to a DSB partly relied on Nej1 and Dun1. Both Nej1 and Srs2 contributed to efficient single strand annealing (SSA). We suggest that Nej1 and Srs2 facilitate SSA-like repair by disassembling Rad51 nucleoprotein filaments.

Yen1 is a nuclease that can cleave branched recombination intermediates such as Holliday junctions (HJs). We demonstrated that yen1Δ displayed a negative genetic interaction with mus81 and sgs1 mutants. Mus81 and Sgs1 promoted HJ disjoining by alternative routes, explaining the genetic interaction. Interestingly, catalytically inactive Yen1 had residual functions in DNA repair, suggesting that Yen1 also has a structural role. We discovered that Yen1 interacted physically with Uls1 a potential SUMO targeted ubiquitin ligase. The interaction partly depended on SUMO-modification of the carboxyl terminus of Yen1 and consistent with an ubiquitin ligase function for Uls1, absence of Uls1 stabilized Yen1 after extensive DNA damage. In addition, uls1Δ shared several phenotypes with yen1Δ, including negative genetic interactions with Mus81 after DNA damage and in meiosis. We suggest that Yen1 and Uls1 act together in a DNA repair pathway that is responsible for resolving complex repair intermediates in the absence of Mus81.

We found that phosphorylation of histone H2A serine 129 promoted DSB repair. Moreover, cells lacking acetylation of lysine residues in the histone H3 NH2-terminus was defective for HR. Interestingly; leaving a single lysine residue intact protected cells from DNA damage. These findings indicate that both histone H2A phosphorylation and histone H3 acetylation are important for the efficiency of the HR-pathway probably by increasing the accessibility of chromatin.

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Stockholm: The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, 2012. 53 p.
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Developmental Biology
Research subject
Developmental Biology
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81089 (URN)978-91-7447-580-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-11-16, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16 B, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Manuscript. Paper 4: Manuscript.

Available from: 2012-10-25 Created: 2012-10-09 Last updated: 2013-04-08Bibliographically approved

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