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Mutat Res. 1996 Jan 2;362(1):75-86.

The HMG-domain protein Ixr1 blocks excision repair of cisplatin-DNA adducts in yeast.

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Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 02139, USA.


Ixr1 is a yeast HMG-domain protein which binds the major DNA adducts of the antitumor drug cisplatin. Previous work demonstrated that Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells lacking the IXR1 gene were two-fold less sensitive to cisplatin treatment than wild-type cells, and the present investigation reveals a six-fold difference in yeast having a different background. The possibility that the lower cytotoxicity of cisplatin in the ixr1 strain is the result of enhanced repair was investigated in rad1, rad2, rad4, rad6, rad9, rad10, rad14 and rad52 backgrounds. In three of the excision repair mutants, rad2, rad4 and rad14, the differential sensitivity caused by removing the Ixr1 protein was nearly abolished. This result demonstrates that the greater cisplatin resistance in the ixr1 strain is most likely a consequence of excision repair, supporting the theory that Ixr1 and other HMG-domain proteins can block repair of the major cisplatin-DNA adducts in vivo. The differential sensitivity of wild-type cells and those lacking Ixr1 persisted in the rad1 and rad10 strains, however, indicating that these two proteins act at a stage in the excision repair pathway where damage recognition is less critical. A model is proposed to account for these results, which is strongly supported recently identified functional roles for the rad excision repair gene products. A rad52 mutant was more sensitive to cisplatin than the RAD52 parental strain, which reveals that Rad52, a double-strand break repair protein, repairs cisplatin-DNA adducts, probably interstrand cross-links. A rad52 ixr1 strain was less sensitive to cisplatin than the rad52 IXR1 strain, consistent with Ixr1 not blocking repair of cisplatin adducts removed by Rad52 rad6 strains behaved similarly, except they were both substantially more sensitive to cisplatin. Interruption of the RAD9 gene, which is involved in DNA-damage-induced cell cycle arrest, had no affect on cisplatin cytotoxicity.

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