A human 5'-tyrosyl DNA phosphodiesterase that repairs topoisomerase-mediated DNA damage

Cortes Ledesma, Felipe, El-Khamisy, Sherif F, Zuma, Maria C, Osborn, Kay and Caldecott, Keith W (2009) A human 5'-tyrosyl DNA phosphodiesterase that repairs topoisomerase-mediated DNA damage. Nature, 461 (7264). pp. 674-678. ISSN 0028-0836

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Topoisomerases regulate DNA topology and are fundamental to many aspects of chromosome metabolism1, 2. Their activity involves the transient cleavage of DNA, which, if it occurs near sites of endogenous DNA damage or in the presence of topoisomerase poisons, can result in abortive topoisomerase-induced DNA strand breaks3, 4, 5. These breaks feature covalent linkage of the enzyme to the DNA termini by a 3'- or 5'-phosphotyrosyl bond and are implicated in hereditary human disease6, 7, 8, chromosomal instability and cancer4, 9, and underlie the clinical efficacy of an important class of anti-tumour poisons3, 9, 10. The importance of liberating DNA termini from trapped topoisomerase is illustrated by the progressive neurodegenerative disease observed in individuals containing a mutation in tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase1 (TDP1), an enzyme that cleaves 3'-phosphotyrosyl bonds6, 7, 8. However, a complementary human enzyme that cleaves 5'-phosphotyrosyl bonds has not been reported, despite the effect of DNA double-strand breaks containing such termini on chromosome instability and cancer6, 7, 8. Here we identify such an enzyme in human cells and show that this activity efficiently restores 5'-phosphate termini at DNA double-strand breaks in preparation for DNA ligation. This enzyme, TTRAP, is a member of the Mg2+/Mn2+-dependent family of phosphodiesterases. Cellular depletion of TTRAP results in increased susceptibility and sensitivity to topoisomerase-II-induced DNA double-strand breaks. TTRAP is, to our knowledge, the first human 5'-tyrosyl DNA phosphodiesterase to be identified, and we suggest that this enzyme is denoted tyrosyl DNA phosphodiesterase-2 (TDP2).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Issue: 7264
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Sussex Centre for Genome Damage and Stability
Depositing User: Sherif El-Khamisy
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:49
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 13:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22328
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