Chipping away at gamma-H2AX foci

Savic, Velibor, Sanborn, Keri B, Orange, Jordan S and Bassing, Craig H (2009) Chipping away at gamma-H2AX foci. Cell Cycle, 8 (20). pp. 3285-3290. ISSN 1538-4101

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The mammalian histone H2AX protein functions as a dosage-dependent genomic caretaker and tumor suppressor. Phosphorylation of H2AX to form gamma-H2AX in chromatin around DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) is an early event following induction of these hazardous lesions. For a decade, mechanisms that regulate H2AX phosphorylation have been investigated mainly through two-dimensional immunofluorescence (IF). We recently used chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) to measure gamma-H2AX densities along chromosomal DNA strands broken in G(1) phase mouse lymphocytes. Our experiments revealed that (1) gamma-H2AX densities in nucleosomes form at high levels near DSBs and at diminishing levels farther and farther away from DNA ends, and (2) ATM regulates H2AX phosphorylation through both MDC1-dependent and MDC1-independent means. Neither of these mechanisms were discovered by previous if studies due to the inherent limitations of light microscopy. Here, we compare data obtained from parallel gamma-H2AX ChIP and three-dimensional IF analyses and discuss the impact of our findings upon molecular mechanisms that regulate H2AX phosphorylation in chromatin around DNA breakage sites.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology > QH0426 Genetics > QH0447 Genes. Alleles. Genome
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology > QH0426 Genetics > QH0460 Mutations
Depositing User: Velibor Savic
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 13:59
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2017 17:07

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