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Mol Cell. 2008 Apr 11;30(1):73-85. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2008.01.016.

Differential regulation of the cellular response to DNA double-strand breaks in G1.

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Department of Genetics and Development, Columbia University Medical Center, 701 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032-2704, USA.


Double-strand breaks (DSBs) are potentially lethal DNA lesions that can be repaired by either homologous recombination (HR) or nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ). We show that DSBs induced by ionizing radiation (IR) are efficiently processed for HR and bound by Rfa1 during G1, while endonuclease-induced breaks are recognized by Rfa1 only after the cell enters S phase. This difference is dependent on the DNA end-binding Yku70/Yku80 complex. Cell-cycle regulation is also observed in the DNA damage checkpoint response. Specifically, the 9-1-1 complex is required in G1 cells to recruit the Ddc2 checkpoint protein to damaged DNA, while, upon entry into S phase, the cyclin-dependent kinase Cdc28 and the 9-1-1 complex both serve to recruit Ddc2 to foci. Together, these results demonstrate that the DNA repair machinery distinguishes between different types of damage in G1, which translates into different modes of checkpoint activation in G1 and S/G2 cells.

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