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PLoS Genet. 2013 Apr;9(4):e1003413. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003413. Epub 2013 Apr 4.

Aag DNA glycosylase promotes alkylation-induced tissue damage mediated by Parp1.

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Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Abstract

Alkylating agents comprise a major class of front-line cancer chemotherapeutic compounds, and while these agents effectively kill tumor cells, they also damage healthy tissues. Although base excision repair (BER) is essential in repairing DNA alkylation damage, under certain conditions, initiation of BER can be detrimental. Here we illustrate that the alkyladenine DNA glycosylase (AAG) mediates alkylation-induced tissue damage and whole-animal lethality following exposure to alkylating agents. Aag-dependent tissue damage, as observed in cerebellar granule cells, splenocytes, thymocytes, bone marrow cells, pancreatic β-cells, and retinal photoreceptor cells, was detected in wild-type mice, exacerbated in Aag transgenic mice, and completely suppressed in Aag⁻/⁻ mice. Additional genetic experiments dissected the effects of modulating both BER and Parp1 on alkylation sensitivity in mice and determined that Aag acts upstream of Parp1 in alkylation-induced tissue damage; in fact, cytotoxicity in WT and Aag transgenic mice was abrogated in the absence of Parp1. These results provide in vivo evidence that Aag-initiated BER may play a critical role in determining the side-effects of alkylating agent chemotherapies and that Parp1 plays a crucial role in Aag-mediated tissue damage.

PMID:
23593019
PMCID:
PMC3617098
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pgen.1003413
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The authors have declared that no conflict of interest exists.

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