UMR3348 – Stress génotoxique et cancer

Publications de l’unité

Année de publication : 2018

Rodrigo Muñoz-Castañeda, David Díaz, Leticia Peris, Annie Andrieux, Christophe Bosc, José M Muñoz-Castañeda, Carsten Janke, José R Alonso, Marie-Jo Moutin, Eduardo Weruaga (2018 Feb 15)

Cytoskeleton stability is essential for the integrity of the cerebellum and its motor- and affective-related behaviors.

Scientific reports : 3072 : DOI : 10.1038/s41598-018-21470-2 En savoir plus

The cerebellum plays a key role in motor tasks, but its involvement in cognition is still being considered. Although there is an association of different psychiatric and cognitive disorders with cerebellar impairments, the lack of time-course studies has hindered the understanding of the involvement of cerebellum in cognitive and non-motor functions. Such association was here studied using the Purkinje Cell Degeneration mutant mouse, a model of selective and progressive cerebellar degeneration that lacks the cytosolic carboxypeptidase 1 (CCP1). The effects of the absence of this enzyme on the cerebellum of mutant mice were analyzed both in vitro and in vivo. These analyses were carried out longitudinally (throughout both the pre-neurodegenerative and neurodegenerative stages) and different motor and non-motor tests were performed. We demonstrate that the lack of CCP1 affects microtubule dynamics and flexibility, defects that contribute to the morphological alterations of the Purkinje cells (PCs), and to progressive cerebellar breakdown. Moreover, this degeneration led not only to motor defects but also to gradual cognitive impairments, directly related to the progression of cellular damage. Our findings confirm the cerebellar implication in non-motor tasks, where the formation of the healthy, typical PCs structure is necessary for normal cognitive and affective behavior.

Stéphanie Durrieu-Gaillard, Hélène Dumay-Odelot, Galina Boldina, Nicolas J Tourasse, Delphine Allard, Fabrice André, Françoise Macari, Armelle Choquet, Pauline Lagarde, Guillaume Drutel, Thierry Leste-Lasserre, Marion Petitet, Tom Lesluyes, Lydia Lartigue-Faustin, Jean-William Dupuy, Frédéric Chibon, Robert G Roeder, Dominique Joubert, Stéphan Vagner, Martin Teichmann (2018 Jan 22)

Regulation of RNA polymerase III transcription during transformation of human IMR90 fibroblasts with defined genetic elements.

Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) : 1-11 : DOI : 10.1080/15384101.2017.1405881 En savoir plus

RNA polymerase (Pol) III transcribes small untranslated RNAs that are essential for cellular homeostasis and growth. Its activity is regulated by inactivation of tumor suppressor proteins and overexpression of the oncogene c-MYC, but the concerted action of these tumor-promoting factors on Pol III transcription has not yet been assessed. In order to comprehensively analyse the regulation of Pol III transcription during tumorigenesis we employ a model system that relies on the expression of five genetic elements to achieve cellular transformation. Expression of these elements in six distinct transformation intermediate cell lines leads to the inactivation of TP53, RB1, and protein phosphatase 2A, as well as the activation of RAS and the protection of telomeres by TERT, thereby conducting to full tumoral transformation of IMR90 fibroblasts. Transformation is accompanied by moderately enhanced levels of a subset of Pol III-transcribed RNAs (7SK; MRP; H1). In addition, mRNA and/or protein levels of several Pol III subunits and transcription factors are upregulated, including increased protein levels of TFIIIB and TFIIIC subunits, of SNAPC1 and of Pol III subunits. Strikingly, the expression of POLR3G and of SNAPC1 is strongly enhanced during transformation in this cellular transformation model. Collectively, our data indicate that increased expression of several components of the Pol III transcription system accompanied by a 2-fold increase in steady state levels of a subset of Pol III RNAs is sufficient for sustaining tumor formation.


Année de publication : 2017

Ana Teixeira-Silva, Anissia Ait Saada, Julien Hardy, Ismail Iraqui, Marina Charlotte Nocente, Karine Fréon, Sarah A E Lambert (2017 Dec 7)

The end-joining factor Ku acts in the end-resection of double strand break-free arrested replication forks.

Nature communications : 1982 : DOI : 10.1038/s41467-017-02144-5 En savoir plus

Replication requires homologous recombination (HR) to stabilize and restart terminally arrested forks. HR-mediated fork processing requires single stranded DNA (ssDNA) gaps and not necessarily double strand breaks. We used genetic and molecular assays to investigate fork-resection and restart at dysfunctional, unbroken forks in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Here, we report that fork-resection is a two-step process regulated by the non-homologous end joining factor Ku. An initial resection mediated by MRN-Ctp1 removes Ku from terminally arrested forks, generating ~110 bp sized gaps obligatory for subsequent Exo1-mediated long-range resection and replication restart. The mere lack of Ku impacts the processing of arrested forks, leading to an extensive resection, a reduced recruitment of RPA and Rad51 and a slower fork-restart process. We propose that terminally arrested forks undergo fork reversal, providing a single DNA end for Ku binding. We uncover a role for Ku in regulating end-resection of unbroken forks and in fine-tuning HR-mediated replication restart.

Carsten Janke, Guillaume Montagnac (2017 Dec 4)

Causes and Consequences of Microtubule Acetylation.

Current biology : CB : R1287-R1292 : DOI : S0960-9822(17)31381-7 En savoir plus

Among the different types of cytoskeletal components, microtubules arguably accumulate the greatest diversity of post-translational modifications (PTMs). Acetylation of lysine 40 (K40) of α-tubulin has received particular attention because it is the only tubulin PTM to be found in the lumen of microtubules: most other tubulin PTMs are found at the outer surface of the microtubule. As a consequence, the enzyme catalyzing K40 acetylation needs to penetrate the narrow microtubule lumen to find its substrate. Acetylated microtubules have been considered to be stable, long-lived microtubules; however, until recently, there was little information about whether the longevity of these microtubules is the cause or the consequence of acetylation. Current advances suggest that this PTM helps the microtubule lattice to cope with mechanical stress, thus facilitating microtubule self-repair. These observations now shed new light on the structural integrity of microtubules, as well as on the mechanisms and biological functions of tubulin acetylation. Here, we discuss recent insights into how acetylation is generated in the lumen of microtubules, and how this ‘hidden’ PTM can control the properties and functions of microtubules.