Parp1 hyperactivity couples DNA breaks to aberrant neuronal calcium signalling and lethal seizures

Komulainen, Emilia, Badman, Jack, Rey, Stephanie, Rulten, Stuart, Ju, Limei, Fennell, Kate, Kalasova, Ilona, Ilievova, Kristyna, McKinnon, Peter J, Hanzlikova, Hana, Staras, Kevin and Caldecott, Keith W (2021) Parp1 hyperactivity couples DNA breaks to aberrant neuronal calcium signalling and lethal seizures. EMBO Reports, 22 (5). a51851 1-12. ISSN 1469-221X

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Defects in DNA single-strand break repair (SSBR) are linked with neurological dysfunction but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here, we show that hyperactivity of the DNA strand break sensor protein Parp1 in mice in which the central SSBR protein Xrcc1 is conditionally deleted (Xrcc1Nes-Cre) results in lethal seizures and shortened lifespan. Using electrophysiological recording and synaptic imaging approaches, we demonstrate that aberrant Parp1 activation triggers seizure-like activity in Xrcc1-defective hippocampus ex vivo and deregulated presynaptic calcium signalling in isolated hippocampal neurons in vitro. Moreover, we show that these defects are prevented by Parp1 inhibition or deletion and, in the case of Parp1 deletion, that the lifespan of Xrcc1Nes-Cre mice is greatly extended. This is the first demonstration that lethal seizures can be triggered by aberrant Parp1 activity at unrepaired SSBs, highlighting PARP inhibition as a possible therapeutic approach in hereditary neurological disease.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: DNA strand break, XRCC1, neurodegeneration, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase, seizures, Animals, Calcium, DNA, DNA Repair, DNA-Binding Proteins, Mice, Neurons, Poly (ADP-Ribose) Polymerase-1, Seizures
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Neuroscience
School of Life Sciences > Sussex Centre for Genome Damage and Stability
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Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 15:05
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2021 15:15

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