Publications by Year: 2016

Rajashree A Deshpande, Gareth J Williams, Oliver Limbo, Scott R Williams, Jeff Kuhnlein, Ji-hoon Lee, Scott Classen, Grant Guenther, Paul Russell, John A Tainer, and Tanya T Paull. 2AD. “ATP-driven Rad50 conformations regulate DNA tethering, end resection, and ATM checkpoint signaling.” EMBO J, 35, 7, Pp. 791.
Ronan Broderick, Jadwiga Nieminuszczy, Hannah T Baddock, Rajashree Deshpande, Opher Gileadi, Tanya T Paull, Peter J McHugh, and Wojciech Niedzwiedz. 2AD. “EXD2 promotes homologous recombination by facilitating DNA end resection.” Nat Cell Biol, 18, 3, Pp. 271-280. Abstract
Repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) by homologous recombination (HR) is critical for survival and genome stability of individual cells and organisms, but also contributes to the genetic diversity of species. A vital step in HR is MRN-CtIP-dependent end resection, which generates the 3' single-stranded DNA overhangs required for the subsequent strand exchange reaction. Here, we identify EXD2 (also known as EXDL2) as an exonuclease essential for DSB resection and efficient HR. EXD2 is recruited to chromatin in a damage-dependent manner and confers resistance to DSB-inducing agents. EXD2 functionally interacts with the MRN complex to accelerate resection through its 3'-5' exonuclease activity, which efficiently processes double-stranded DNA substrates containing nicks. Finally, we establish that EXD2 stimulates both short- and long-range DSB resection, and thus, together with MRE11, is required for efficient HR. This establishes a key role for EXD2 in controlling the initial steps of chromosomal break repair.
Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, Tsubasa Shimizu, Zhong Wei Zhou, Zhao-Qi Wang, Rajashree A Deshpande, Tanya T Paull, Salma Akter, Masataka Tsuda, Ryohei Furuta, Ken Tsutsui, Shunichi Takeda, and Hiroyuki Sasanuma. 2AD. “Mre11 Is Essential for the Removal of Lethal Topoisomerase 2 Covalent Cleavage Complexes.” Mol Cell, 64, 3, Pp. 580-592. Abstract
The Mre11/Rad50/Nbs1 complex initiates double-strand break repair by homologous recombination (HR). Loss of Mre11 or its nuclease activity in mouse cells is known to cause genome aberrations and cellular senescence, although the molecular basis for this phenotype is not clear. To identify the origin of these defects, we characterized Mre11-deficient (MRE11) and nuclease-deficient Mre11 (MRE11) chicken DT40 and human lymphoblast cell lines. These cells exhibit increased spontaneous chromosomal DSBs and extreme sensitivity to topoisomerase 2 poisons. The defects in Mre11 compromise the repair of etoposide-induced Top2-DNA covalent complexes, and MRE11 and MRE11 cells accumulate high levels of Top2 covalent conjugates even in the absence of exogenous damage. We demonstrate that both the genome instability and mortality of MRE11 and MRE11 cells are significantly reversed by overexpression of Tdp2, an enzyme that eliminates covalent Top2 conjugates; thus, the essential role of Mre11 nuclease activity is likely to remove these lesions.
Rajashree A Deshpande, Ji-hoon Lee, Sucheta Arora, and Tanya T Paull. 2AD. “Nbs1 Converts the Human Mre11/Rad50 Nuclease Complex into an Endo/Exonuclease Machine Specific for Protein-DNA Adducts.” Mol Cell, 64, 3, Pp. 593-606. Abstract
The human Mre11/Rad50/Nbs1 (hMRN) complex is critical for the sensing, processing, and signaling of DNA double-strand breaks. The nuclease activity of Mre11 is essential for mammalian development and cell viability, although the regulation and substrate specificity of Mre11 have been difficult to define. Here we show that hMRN catalyzes sequential endonucleolytic and exonucleolytic activities on both 5' and 3' strands of DNA ends containing protein adducts, and that Nbs1, ATP, and adducts are essential for this function. In contrast, Nbs1 inhibits Mre11/Rad50-catalyzed 3'-to-5' exonucleolytic degradation of clean DNA ends. The hMRN endonucleolytic cleavage events are further stimulated by the phosphorylated form of the human C-terminal binding protein-interacting protein (CtIP) DNA repair enzyme, establishing a role for CtIP in regulating hMRN activity. These results illuminate the important role of Nbs1 and CtIP in determining the substrates and consequences of human Mre11/Rad50 nuclease activities on protein-DNA lesions.
Logan R Myler, Ignacio F Gallardo, Yi Zhou, Fade Gong, Soo-Hyun Yang, Marc S Wold, Kyle M Miller, Tanya T Paull, and Ilya J Finkelstein. 2AD. “Single-molecule imaging reveals the mechanism of Exo1 regulation by single-stranded DNA binding proteins.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 113, 9, Pp. E1170-9. Abstract
Exonuclease 1 (Exo1) is a 5'→3' exonuclease and 5'-flap endonuclease that plays a critical role in multiple eukaryotic DNA repair pathways. Exo1 processing at DNA nicks and double-strand breaks creates long stretches of single-stranded DNA, which are rapidly bound by replication protein A (RPA) and other single-stranded DNA binding proteins (SSBs). Here, we use single-molecule fluorescence imaging and quantitative cell biology approaches to reveal the interplay between Exo1 and SSBs. Both human and yeast Exo1 are processive nucleases on their own. RPA rapidly strips Exo1 from DNA, and this activity is dependent on at least three RPA-encoded single-stranded DNA binding domains. Furthermore, we show that ablation of RPA in human cells increases Exo1 recruitment to damage sites. In contrast, the sensor of single-stranded DNA complex 1-a recently identified human SSB that promotes DNA resection during homologous recombination-supports processive resection by Exo1. Although RPA rapidly turns over Exo1, multiple cycles of nuclease rebinding at the same DNA site can still support limited DNA processing. These results reveal the role of single-stranded DNA binding proteins in controlling Exo1-catalyzed resection with implications for how Exo1 is regulated during DNA repair in eukaryotic cells.