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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

NFBD1/Mdc1 mediates ATR-dependent DNA damage response.

Budding yeast Rad9 (scRad9) plays a central role in mediating Mec1-dependent phosphorylation by recruiting its downstream substrates. The human scRad9 orthologues 53BP1 and NFBD1 associate with ionizing radiation-induced foci (IRIF) at sites of DNA repair. RNAi-based gene silencing of 53BP1 or NFBD1 has shown impaired phosphorylation of SQ/TQ [ataxia-telangiectasia mutated/ATM and Rad3-related (ATM/ ATR) substrates] at IRIF, intra-S, and G(2)-M checkpoints and has thereby revealed essential roles for 53BP1 and NFBD1 in the DNA damage signaling pathway. Whether 53BP1 and NFBD1 are required for activation of kinases and/or for recruitment of substrates at IRIF, however, is not clear. Here we show that both 53BP1 and NFBD1 are required for recruitment of ATR to DNA damage sites, as well as for ATR-dependent phosphorylation in response to DNA damage. NFBD1 is not required for ssDNA generation at DNA damage sites and is not recruited by replication protein A (RPA)-coated ssDNA. We therefore show that recruitment of NFBD1 and/or 53BP1, the factors downstream of H2AX, is independent of ssDNA generation and RPA coating, whereas both ssDNA and RPA coating play key roles in regulation of the ATR-dependent pathway. These novel findings help clarify where NFBD1 functions in DNA damage early responses.[1]


  1. NFBD1/Mdc1 mediates ATR-dependent DNA damage response. Peng, A., Chen, P.L. Cancer Res. (2005) [Pubmed]
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