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Coordination of the recruitment of the FANCD2 and PALB2 Fanconi anemia proteins by an ubiquitin signaling network.


PMID 27277787

Abstract

Fanconi anemia (FA) is a chromosome instability syndrome and the 20 identified FA proteins are organized into two main arms which are thought to function at distinct steps in the repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs). These two arms include the upstream FA pathway, which culminates in the monoubiquitination of FANCD2 and FANCI, and downstream breast cancer (BRCA)-associated proteins that interact in protein complexes. How, and whether, these two groups of FA proteins are integrated is unclear. Here, we show that FANCD2 and PALB2, as indicators of the upstream and downstream arms, respectively, colocalize independently of each other in response to DNA damage induced by mitomycin C (MMC). We also show that ubiquitin chains are induced by MMC and colocalize with both FANCD2 and PALB2. Our finding that the RNF8 E3 ligase has a role in recruiting FANCD2 and PALB2 also provides support for the hypothesis that the two branches of the FA-BRCA pathway are coordinated by ubiquitin signaling. Interestingly, we find that the RNF8 partner, MDC1, as well as the ubiquitin-binding protein, RAP80, specifically recruit PALB2, while a different ubiquitin-binding protein, FAAP20, functions only in the recruitment of FANCD2. Thus, FANCD2 and PALB2 are not recruited in a single linear pathway, rather we define how their localization is coordinated and integrated by a network of ubiquitin-related proteins. We propose that such regulation may enable upstream and downstream FA proteins to act at distinct steps in the repair of ICLs.

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