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1.  The Shu complex regulates Rad52 localization during rDNA repair Running Head: Shu1 promotes rDNA repair 
DNA repair  2013;12(9):10.1016/j.dnarep.2013.05.003.
The Shu complex, consisting of Rad51 paralogues, is an important regulator of homologous recombination, an error-free DNA repair pathway. Consequently, when members of this complex are disrupted, cells exhibit a mutator phenotype, sensitivity to DNA damage reagents and increased gross chromosomal rearrangements. Previously, we found that the Shu complex plays an important role in ribosomal DNA (rDNA) recombination when the Upstream Activating Factor (UAF) protein Uaf30 is disrupted. UAF30 encodes a protein needed for rDNA transcription and when deleted, rDNA recombination increases and the rDNA expands in a Shu1-dependent manner. Here we find using the uaf30-sensitized background that the central DNA repair protein Rad52, which is normally excluded from the nucleolus, frequently overlaps with the rDNA. This close association of Rad52 with the rDNA is dependent upon Shu1 in a uaf30 mutant. Previously, it was shown that in the absence of Rad52 sumoylation, Rad52 foci mislocalize to the nucleolus. Interestingly, here we find that using the uaf30 sensitized background the ability to regulate Rad52 sumoylation is important for Shu1 dependent rDNA recombination as well as Rad52 close association with rDNA. Our results suggest that in the absence of UAF30, the Shu complex plays a central role in Rad52 rDNA localization as long as Rad52 can be sumoylated. This discrimination is important for rDNA copy number homeostasis.
PMCID: PMC3811918  PMID: 23790361
DNA repair; UAF complex; Shu complex; Rad52; Rad52 sumoylation; rDNA recombination
2.  The Shu complex interacts with Rad51 through the Rad51 paralogues Rad55–Rad57 to mediate error-free recombination 
Nucleic Acids Research  2013;41(8):4525-4534.
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae Shu complex, consisting of Shu1, Shu2, Csm2 and Psy3, promotes error-free homologous recombination (HR) by an unknown mechanism. Recent structural analysis of two Shu proteins, Csm2 and Psy3, has revealed that these proteins are Rad51 paralogues and mediate DNA binding of this complex. We show in vitro that the Csm2–Psy3 heterodimer preferentially binds synthetic forked DNA or 3′-DNA overhang substrates resembling structures used during HR in vivo. We find that Csm2 interacts with Rad51 and the Rad51 paralogues, the Rad55–Rad57 heterodimer and that the Shu complex functions in the same epistasis group as Rad55–Rad57. Importantly, Csm2’s interaction with Rad51 is dependent on Rad55, whereas Csm2’s interaction with Rad55 occurs independently of Rad51. Consistent with the Shu complex containing Rad51 paralogues, the methyl methanesulphonate sensitivity of Csm2 is exacerbated at colder temperatures. Furthermore, Csm2 and Psy3 are needed for efficient recruitment of Rad55 to DNA repair foci after DNA damage. Finally, we observe that the Shu complex preferentially promotes Rad51-dependent homologous recombination over Rad51-independent repair. Our data suggest a model in which Csm2–Psy3 recruit the Shu complex to HR substrates, where it interacts with Rad51 through Rad55–Rad57 to stimulate Rad51 filament assembly and stability, promoting error-free repair.
PMCID: PMC3632125  PMID: 23460207
3.  Promotion of presynaptic filament assembly by the ensemble of S. cerevisiae Rad51 paralogues with Rad52 
Nature Communications  2015;6:7834.
The conserved budding yeast Rad51 paralogues, including Rad55, Rad57, Csm2 and Psy3 are indispensable for homologous recombination (HR)-mediated chromosome damage repair. Rad55 and Rad57 are associated in a heterodimer, while Csm2 and Psy3 form the Shu complex with Shu1 and Shu2. Here we show that Rad55 bridges an interaction between Csm2 with Rad51 and Rad52 and, using a fully reconstituted system, demonstrate that the Shu complex synergizes with Rad55–Rad57 and Rad52 to promote nucleation of Rad51 on single-stranded DNA pre-occupied by replication protein A (RPA). The csm2–F46A allele is unable to interact with Rad55, ablating the ability of the Shu complex to enhance Rad51 presynaptic filament assembly in vitro and impairing HR in vivo. Our results reveal that Rad55–Rad57, the Shu complex and Rad52 act as a functional ensemble to promote Rad51-filament assembly, which has important implications for understanding the role of the human RAD51 paralogues in Fanconi anaemia and cancer predisposition.
Homologous repair of DNA double strand breaks in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is dependent on several conserved Rad51 paralogs. Here the authors provide biochemical evidence that Rad55-Rad57 synergistically interacts with the Shu complex to promote Rad51 filament formation and homology directed repair.
PMCID: PMC4525180  PMID: 26215801
4.  The Yeast Shu Complex Utilizes Homologous Recombination Machinery for Error-free Lesion Bypass via Physical Interaction with a Rad51 Paralogue 
PLoS ONE  2013;8(12):e81371.
DNA-damage tolerance (DDT) is defined as a mechanism by which eukaryotic cells resume DNA synthesis to fill the single-stranded DNA gaps left by replication-blocking lesions. Eukaryotic cells employ two different means of DDT, namely translesion DNA synthesis (TLS) and template switching, both of which are coordinately regulated through sequential ubiquitination of PCNA at the K164 residue. In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the same PCNA-K164 residue can also be sumoylated, which recruits the Srs2 helicase to prevent undesired homologous recombination (HR). While the mediation of TLS by PCNA monoubiquitination has been extensively characterized, the method by which K63-linked PCNA polyubiquitination leads to template switching remains unclear. We recently identified a yeast heterotetrameric Shu complex that couples error-free DDT to HR as a critical step of template switching. Here we report that the Csm2 subunit of Shu physically interacts with Rad55, an accessory protein involved in HR. Rad55 and Rad57 are Rad51 paralogues and form a heterodimer to promote Rad51-ssDNA filament formation by antagonizing Srs2 activity. Although Rad55-Rad57 and Shu function in the same pathway and both act to inhibit Srs2 activity, Shu appears to be dedicated to error-free DDT while the Rad55-Rad57 complex is also involved in double-strand break repair. This study reveals the detailed steps of error-free lesion bypass and also brings to light an intrinsic interplay between error-free DDT and Srs2-mediated inhibition of HR.
PMCID: PMC3855272  PMID: 24339919
5.  The Shu complex promotes error-free tolerance of alkylation-induced base excision repair products 
Nucleic Acids Research  2016;44(17):8199-8215.
Here, we investigate the role of the budding yeast Shu complex in promoting homologous recombination (HR) upon replication fork damage. We recently found that the Shu complex stimulates Rad51 filament formation during HR through its physical interactions with Rad55-Rad57. Unlike other HR factors, Shu complex mutants are primarily sensitive to replicative stress caused by MMS and not to more direct DNA breaks. Here, we uncover a novel role for the Shu complex in the repair of specific MMS-induced DNA lesions and elucidate the interplay between HR and translesion DNA synthesis. We find that the Shu complex promotes high-fidelity bypass of MMS-induced alkylation damage, such as N3-methyladenine, as well as bypassing the abasic sites generated after Mag1 removes N3-methyladenine lesions. Furthermore, we find that the Shu complex responds to ssDNA breaks generated in cells lacking the abasic site endonucleases. At each lesion, the Shu complex promotes Rad51-dependent HR as the primary repair/tolerance mechanism over error-prone translesion DNA polymerases. Together, our work demonstrates that the Shu complex's promotion of Rad51 pre-synaptic filaments is critical for high-fidelity bypass of multiple replication-blocking lesion.
PMCID: PMC5041462  PMID: 27298254
6.  Promotion of presynaptic filament assembly by the ensemble of S. cerevisiae Rad51 paralogues with Rad52 
Nature communications  2015;6:7834.
The conserved budding yeast Rad51 paralogues, including Rad55, Rad57, Csm2 and Psy3 are indispensable for homologous recombination (HR)-mediated chromosome damage repair. Rad55 and Rad57 are associated in a heterodimer, while Csm2 and Psy3 form the Shu complex with Shu1 and Shu2. Here we show that Rad55 bridges an interaction between Csm2 with Rad51 and Rad52 and, using a fully reconstituted system, demonstrate that the Shu complex synergizes with Rad55–Rad57 and Rad52 to promote nucleation of Rad51 on single-stranded DNA pre-occupied by replication protein A (RPA). The csm2–F46A allele is unable to interact with Rad55, ablating the ability of the Shu complex to enhance Rad51 presynaptic filament assembly in vitro and impairing HR in vivo. Our results reveal that Rad55–Rad57, the Shu complex and Rad52 act as a functional ensemble to promote Rad51-filament assembly, which has important implications for understanding the role of the human RAD51 paralogues in Fanconi anaemia and cancer predisposition.
PMCID: PMC4525180  PMID: 26215801
7.  Recombination-Mediated Telomere Maintenance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Is Not Dependent on the Shu Complex 
PLoS ONE  2016;11(3):e0151314.
In cells lacking telomerase, telomeres shorten progressively during each cell division due to incomplete end-replication. When the telomeres become very short, cells enter a state that blocks cell division, termed senescence. A subset of these cells can overcome senescence and maintain their telomeres using telomerase-independent mechanisms. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, these cells are called ‘survivors’ and are dependent on Rad52-dependent homologous recombination and Pol32-dependent break-induced replication. There are two main types of survivors: type I and type II. The type I survivors require Rad51 and maintain telomeres by amplification of subtelomeric elements, while the type II survivors are Rad51-independent, but require the MRX complex and Sgs1 to amplify the C1–3A/TG1–3 telomeric sequences. Rad52, Pol32, Rad51, and Sgs1 are also important to prevent accelerated senescence, indicating that recombination processes are important at telomeres even before the formation of survivors. The Shu complex, which consists of Shu1, Shu2, Psy3, and Csm2, promotes Rad51-dependent homologous recombination and has been suggested to be important for break-induced replication. It also promotes the formation of recombination intermediates that are processed by the Sgs1-Top3-Rmi1 complex, as mutations in the SHU genes can suppress various sgs1, top3, and rmi1 mutant phenotypes. Given the importance of recombination processes during senescence and survivor formation, and the involvement of the Shu complex in many of the same processes during DNA repair, we hypothesized that the Shu complex may also have functions at telomeres. Surprisingly, we find that this is not the case: the Shu complex does not affect the rate of senescence, does not influence survivor formation, and deletion of SHU1 does not suppress the rapid senescence and type II survivor formation defect of a telomerase-negative sgs1 mutant. Altogether, our data suggest that the Shu complex is not important for recombination processes at telomeres.
PMCID: PMC4790948  PMID: 26974669
8.  Novel insights into RAD51 activity and regulation during homologous recombination and DNA replication 
In this review we focus on new insights that challenge our understanding of homologous recombination (HR) and Rad51 regulation. Recent advances using high resolution microscopy and single molecule techniques have broadened our knowledge of Rad51 filament formation and strand invasion at double-strand break (DSB) sites and at replication forks, which are one of most physiologically relevant forms of HR from yeast to humans. Rad51 filament formation and strand invasion is regulated by many mediator proteins such as the Rad51 paralogues and the Shu complex, consisting of a Shu2/SWS1 family member and additional Rad51 paralogues. Importantly, a novel RAD-51 paralogue was discovered in C. elegans and its in vitro characterization has demonstrated a new function for the worm RAD-51 paralogues during HR. Conservation of the human RAD51 paralogues function during HR and repair of replicative damage demonstrate how the RAD51 mediators play a critical role in human health and genomic integrity. Together, these new findings provide a framework for understanding RAD51 and its mediators in DNA repair during multiple cellular contexts.
PMCID: PMC5045787  PMID: 27224545
9.  A new protein complex promoting the assembly of Rad51 filaments 
Nature communications  2013;4:1676.
During homologous recombination, eukaryotic RecA homologue Rad51 assembles into a nucleoprotein filament on single-stranded DNA to catalyse homologous pairing and DNA-strand exchange with a homologous template. Rad51 nucleoprotein filaments are highly dynamic and regulated via the coordinated actions of various accessory proteins including Rad51 mediators. Here, we identify a new Rad51 mediator complex. The PCSS complex, comprising budding yeast Psy3, Csm2, Shu1 and Shu2 proteins, binds to recombination sites and is required for Rad51 assembly and function during meiosis. Within the heterotetramer, Psy3-Csm2 constitutes a core sub-complex with DNA-binding activity. In vitro, purified Psy3-Csm2 stabilizes the Rad51–single-stranded DNA complex independently of nucleotide cofactor. The mechanism of Rad51 stabilization is inferred by our high-resolution crystal structure, which reveals Psy3-Csm2 to be a structural mimic of the Rad51-dimer, a fundamental unit of the Rad51-filament. Together, these results reveal a novel molecular mechanism for this class of Rad51-mediators, which includes the human Rad51 paralogues.
PMCID: PMC4353811  PMID: 23575680
10.  Shu Proteins Promote the Formation of Homologous Recombination Intermediates That Are Processed by Sgs1-Rmi1-Top3 
Molecular Biology of the Cell  2007;18(10):4062-4073.
CSM2, PSY3, SHU1, and SHU2 (collectively referred to as the SHU genes) were identified in Saccharomyces cerevisiae as four genes in the same epistasis group that suppress various sgs1 and top3 mutant phenotypes when mutated. Although the SHU genes have been implicated in homologous recombination repair (HRR), their precise role(s) within this pathway remains poorly understood. Here, we have identified a specific role for the Shu proteins in a Rad51/Rad54-dependent HRR pathway(s) to repair MMS-induced lesions during S-phase. We show that, although mutation of RAD51 or RAD54 prevented the formation of MMS-induced HRR intermediates (X-molecules) arising during replication in sgs1 cells, mutation of SHU genes attenuated the level of these structures. Similar findings were also observed in shu1 cells in which Rmi1 or Top3 function was impaired. We propose a model in which the Shu proteins act in HRR to promote the formation of HRR intermediates that are processed by the Sgs1-Rmi1-Top3 complex.
PMCID: PMC1995734  PMID: 17671161
11.  Epistasis analysis between homologous recombination genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae identifies multiple repair pathways for Sgs1, Mus81-Mms4 and RNase H2 
Mutation research  2011;714(1-2):33-43.
The DNA repair genes SGS1 and MUS81 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae are thought to control alternative pathways for the repair of toxic recombination intermediates based on the fact that sgs1Δ mus81Δ synthetic lethality is suppressed in the absence of homologous recombination (HR). Although these genes appear to functionally overlap in yeast and other model systems, the specific pathways controlled by SGS1 and MUS81 are poorly defined. Epistasis analyses based on DNA damage sensitivity previously indicated that SGS1 functioned primarily downstream of RAD51, and that MUS81 was independent of RAD51. To further define these genetic pathways, we carried out a systematic epistasis analysis between the RAD52-epistasis group genes and SGS1, MUS81, and RNH202, which encodes a subunit of RNase H2. Based on synthetic-fitness interactions and DNA damage sensitivities, we find that RAD52 is epistatic to MUS81 but not SGS1. In contrast, RAD54, RAD55 and RAD57 are epistatic to SGS1, MUS81 and RNH202. As expected, SHU2 is epistatic to SGS1, while both SHU1 and SHU2 are epistatic to MUS81. Importantly, loss of any RNase H2 subunit on its own resulted in increased recombination using a simple marker-excision assay. RNase H2 is thus needed to maintain genome stability consistent with the sgs1Δ rnh202Δ synthetic fitness defect. We conclude that SGS1 and MUS81 act in parallel pathways downstream of RAD51 and RAD52, respectively. The data further indicate these pathways share common components and display complex interactions.
PMCID: PMC3162113  PMID: 21741981
Recombinational repair; SGS1; MUS81; RNase H2
12.  Shu1 Promotes Homolog Bias of Meiotic Recombination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae 
Molecules and Cells  2013;36(5):446-454.
Homologous recombination occurs closely between homologous chromatids with highly ordered recombinosomes through RecA homologs and mediators. The present study demonstrates this relationship during the period of “partner choice” in yeast meiotic recombination. We have examined the formation of recombination intermediates in the absence or presence of Shu1, a member of the PCSS complex, which also includes Psy3, Csm2, and Shu2. DNA physical analysis indicates that Shu1 is essential for promoting the establishment of homolog bias during meiotic homologous recombination, and the partner choice is switched by Mek1 kinase activity. Furthermore, Shu1 promotes both crossover (CO) and non-crossover (NCO) pathways of meiotic recombination. The inactivation of Mek1 kinase allows for meiotic recombination to progress efficiently, but is lost in homolog bias where most double-strand breaks (DSBs) are repaired via stable intersister joint molecules. Moreover, the Srs2 helicase deletion cells in the budding yeast show slightly reduced COs and NCOs, and Shu1 promotes homolog bias independent of Srs2. Our findings reveal that Shu1 and Mek1 kinase activity have biochemically distinct roles in partner choice, which in turn enhances the understanding of the mechanism associated with the precondition for homolog bias.
PMCID: PMC3887942  PMID: 24213600
homolog bias; meiotic recombination; Mek1 kinase; Shu1; Srs2
13.  Shigella dysenteriae ShuS Promotes Utilization of Heme as an Iron Source and Protects against Heme Toxicity 
Journal of Bacteriology  2005;187(16):5658-5664.
Shigella dysenteriae serotype 1, a major cause of bacillary dysentery in humans, can use heme as a source of iron. Genes for the transport of heme into the bacterial cell have been identified, but little is known about proteins that control the fate of the heme molecule after it has entered the cell. The shuS gene is located within the heme transport locus, downstream of the heme receptor gene shuA. ShuS is a heme binding protein, but its role in heme utilization is poorly understood. In this work, we report the construction of a chromosomal shuS mutant. The shuS mutant was defective in utilizing heme as an iron source. At low heme concentrations, the shuS mutant grew slowly and its growth was stimulated by either increasing the heme concentration or by providing extra copies of the heme receptor shuA on a plasmid. At intermediate heme concentrations, the growth of the shuS mutant was moderately impaired, and at high heme concentrations, shuS was required for growth on heme. The shuS mutant did not show increased sensitivity to hydrogen peroxide, even at high heme concentrations. ShuS was also required for optimal utilization of heme under microaerobic and anaerobic conditions. These data are consistent with the model in which ShuS binds heme in a soluble, nontoxic form and potentially transfers the heme from the transport proteins in the membrane to either heme-containing or heme-degrading proteins. ShuS did not appear to store heme for future use.
PMCID: PMC1196095  PMID: 16077111
14.  Cheminformatics models based on machine learning approaches for design of USP1/UAF1 abrogators as anticancer agents 
Systems and Synthetic Biology  2015;9(1-2):33-43.
Cancer cells have upregulated DNA repair mechanisms, enabling them survive DNA damage induced during repeated rapid cell divisions and targeted chemotherapeutic treatments. Cancer cell proliferation and survival targeting via inhibition of DNA repair pathways is currently a very promiscuous anti-tumor approach. The deubiquitinating enzyme, USP1 is known to promote DNA repair via complexing with UAF1. The USP1/UAF1 complex is responsible for regulating DNA break repair pathways such as trans-lesion synthesis pathway, Fanconi anemia pathway and homologous recombination. Thus, USP1/UAF1 inhibition poses as an efficient anti-cancer strategy. The recently made available high throughput screen data for anti USP1/UAF1 activity prompted us to compute bioactivity predictive models that could help in screening for potential USP1/UAF1 inhibitors having anti-cancer properties. The current study utilizes publicly available high throughput screen data set of chemical compounds evaluated for their potential USP1/UAF1 inhibitory effect. A machine learning approach was devised for generation of computational models that could predict for potential anti USP1/UAF1 biological activity of novel anticancer compounds. Additional efficacy of active compounds was screened by applying SMARTS filter to eliminate molecules with non-drug like features. The structural fragment analysis was further performed to explore structural properties of the molecules. We demonstrated that modern machine learning approaches could be efficiently employed in building predictive computational models and their predictive performance is statistically accurate. The structure fragment analysis revealed the structures that could play an important role in identification of USP1/UAF1 inhibitors.
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The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s11693-015-9162-1) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
PMCID: PMC4427583  PMID: 25972987
USP1; UAF1; Inhibitors; Machine learning; Model; Cancer; Anticancer; Cheminformatics; DNA repair
15.  The Smc5/6 Complex and Esc2 Influence Multiple Replication-associated Recombination Processes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae 
Molecular Biology of the Cell  2010;21(13):2306-2314.
This work shows that Mph1, Mms2, and the Shu complex function in distinct pathways in replication-associated recombinational repair and that the Smc5/6 complex and Esc2 prevent the accumulation of toxic recombination intermediates generated in these pathways.
Replication-associated recombinational repair is important for genome duplication and cell survival under DNA damage conditions. Several nonclassical recombination factors have been implicated in this process, but their functional relationships are not clear. Here, we show that three of these factors, Mph1, Mms2, and the Shu complex, can act independently to promote the formation of recombination intermediates during impaired replication. However, their functions become detrimental when cells lack the Smc5/6 complex or Esc2. We show that mph1Δ, mms2Δ, and shu1Δ suppress the sensitivity to the replication-blocking agent methylmethane sulfonate (MMS) in smc6 mutants, with double deletions conferring stronger suppression. These deletion mutations also rescue the MMS sensitivity of esc2Δ cells. In addition, two-dimensional gel analysis demonstrates that mph1Δ, mms2Δ, and shu1Δ each reduce the level of recombination intermediates in an smc6 mutant when cells replicate in the presence of MMS, and that double deletions lead to a greater reduction. Our work thus suggests that Mph1, Mms2, and the Shu complex can function in distinct pathways in replication-associated recombinational repair and that the Smc5/6 complex and Esc2 prevent the accumulation of toxic recombination intermediates generated in these processes.
PMCID: PMC2893993  PMID: 20444977
16.  Identification of shuA, the gene encoding the heme receptor of Shigella dysenteriae, and analysis of invasion and intracellular multiplication of a shuA mutant. 
Infection and Immunity  1997;65(12):5358-5363.
shuA encodes a 70-kDa outer membrane heme receptor in Shigella dysenteriae. Analysis of the shuA DNA sequence indicates that this gene encodes a protein with homology to TonB-dependent receptors of gram-negative bacteria. Transport of heme by the ShuA protein requires TonB and its accessory proteins ExbB and ExbD. The shuA DNA sequence contains a putative Fur box overlapping the -10 region of a potential shuA promoter, and the expression of shuA is repressed by exogenous iron or hemin in a Fur-dependent manner, although hemin repressed expression to a lesser extent than iron salts. Disruption of this open reading frame on the S. dysenteriae chromosome by marker exchange yielded a strain that failed to use heme as an iron source, indicating that shuA is essential for heme transport in S. dysenteriae. However, shuA is not essential for invasion or multiplication within cultured Henle cells; the shuA mutant invaded and produced normal plaques in confluent cell monolayers.
PMCID: PMC175774  PMID: 9393841
17.  Rad51 paralogs Rad55-Rad57 balance the anti-recombinase Srs2 in Rad51 filament formation 
Nature  2011;479(7372):245-248.
Homologous recombination is a high-fidelity DNA repair pathway. Besides a critical role in accurate chromosome segregation during meiosis, recombination functions in DNA repair and in the recovery of stalled or broken replication forks to ensure genomic stability. In contrast, inappropriate recombination contributes to genomic instability, leading to loss of heterozygosity, chromosome rearrangements, and cell death. The RecA/UvsX/RadA/Rad51 family of proteins catalyzes the signature reactions of recombination, homology search and DNA strand invasion 1,2. Eukaryotes also possess Rad51 paralogs, whose exact role in recombination remains to be defined 3. Here we show that the budding yeast Rad51 paralogs, the Rad55-Rad57 heterodimer, counteract the anti-recombination activity of the Srs2 helicase. Rad55-Rad57 associate with the Rad51-ssDNA filament, rendering it more stable than a nucleoprotein filament containing Rad51 alone. The Rad51/Rad55-Rad57 co-filament resists disruption by the Srs2 anti-recombinase by blocking Srs2 translocation involving a direct protein interaction between Rad55-Rad57 and Srs2. Our results demonstrate an unexpected role of the Rad51 paralogs in stabilizing the Rad51 filament against a biologically important antagonist, the Srs2 anti-recombination helicase. The biological significance of this mechanism is indicated by a complete suppression of the ionizing radiation sensitivity of rad55 or rad57 mutants by concomitant deletion of SRS2, as expected for biological antagonists. We propose that the Rad51 presynaptic filament is a meta-stable reversible intermediate, whose assembly and disassembly is governed by the balance between Rad55-Rad57 and Srs2, providing a key regulatory mechanism controlling the initiation of homologous recombination. These data provide a paradigm for the potential function of the human RAD51 paralogs, which are known to be involved in cancer predisposition and human disease.
PMCID: PMC3213327  PMID: 22020281
18.  Artificial Recruitment of UAF1-USP Complexes by a PHLPP1-E1 Chimeric Helicase Enhances Human Papillomavirus DNA Replication 
Journal of Virology  2015;89(12):6227-6239.
The E1 helicase from anogenital human papillomavirus (HPV) types interacts with the cellular WD repeat-containing protein UAF1 in complex with the deubiquitinating enzyme USP1, USP12, or USP46. This interaction stimulates viral DNA replication and is required for maintenance of the viral episome in keratinocytes. E1 associates with UAF1 through a short UAF1-binding site (UBS) located within the N-terminal 40 residues of the protein. Here, we investigated if the E1 UBS could be replaced by the analogous domain from an unrelated protein, the pleckstrin homology domain and leucine-rich repeat protein phosphatase 1 (PHLPP1). We found that PHLPP1 and E1 interact with UAF1 in a mutually exclusive manner and mapped the minimal PHLPP1 UBS (PUBS) to a 100-amino-acid region sufficient for assembly into UAF1-USP complexes. Similarly to the E1 UBS, overexpression of PUBS in trans inhibited HPV DNA replication, albeit less efficiently. Characterization of a PHLPP1-E1 chimeric helicase revealed that PUBS could partially substitute for the E1 UBS in enhancing viral DNA replication and that the stimulatory effect of PUBS likely involves recruitment of UAF1-USP complexes, as it was abolished by mutations that weaken UAF1-binding and by overexpression of catalytically inactive USPs. Although functionally similar to the E1 UBS, PUBS is larger in size and requires both the WD repeat region and C-terminal ubiquitin-like domain of UAF1 for interaction, in contrast to E1, which does not contact the latter. Overall, this comparison of two heterologous UBSs indicates that these domains function as transferable protein interaction modules and provide further evidence that the association of E1 with UAF1-containing deubiquitinating complexes stimulates HPV DNA replication.
IMPORTANCE The E1 protein from anogenital HPV types interacts with the UAF1-associated deubiquitinating enzymes USP1, USP12, and USP46 to stimulate replication of the viral genome. Little is known about the molecular nature of the E1-UAF1 interaction and, more generally, how UAF1-USP complexes recognize their substrate proteins. To address this question, we characterized the UAF1-binding site (UBS) of PHLPP1, a protein unrelated to E1. Using a PHLPP1-E1 chimeric helicase, we show that the PHLPP1 UBS (PUBS) can partially substitute for the E1 UBS in stimulating HPV DNA replication. This stimulation required conserved sequences in PUBS that meditate its interaction with UAF1, including a motif common to the E1 UBS. These results indicate that UAF1-binding sequences function as transferable protein interaction modules and provide further evidence that UAF1-USP complexes stimulate HPV DNA replication.
PMCID: PMC4474315  PMID: 25833051
19.  Reconstitution of DNA Strand Exchange Mediated by Rhp51 Recombinase and Two Mediators 
PLoS Biology  2008;6(4):e88.
In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, genetic evidence suggests that two mediators, Rad22 (the S. pombe Rad52 homolog) and the Swi5-Sfr1 complex, participate in a common pathway of Rhp51 (the S. pombe Rad51 homolog)–mediated homologous recombination (HR) and HR repair. Here, we have demonstrated an in vitro reconstitution of the central step of DNA strand exchange during HR. Our system consists entirely of homogeneously purified proteins, including Rhp51, the two mediators, and replication protein A (RPA), which reflects genetic requirements in vivo. Using this system, we present the first robust biochemical evidence that concerted action of the two mediators directs the loading of Rhp51 onto single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) precoated with RPA. Dissection of the reaction reveals that Rad22 overcomes the inhibitory effect of RPA on Rhp51-Swi5-Sfr1–mediated strand exchange. In addition, Rad22 negates the requirement for a strict order of protein addition to the in vitro system. However, despite the presence of Rad22, Swi5-Sfr1 is still essential for strand exchange. Importantly, Rhp51, but neither Rad22 nor the Swi5-Sfr1 mediator, is the factor that displaces RPA from ssDNA. Swi5-Sfr1 stabilizes Rhp51-ssDNA filaments in an ATP-dependent manner, and this stabilization is correlated with activation of Rhp51 for the strand exchange reaction. Rad22 alone cannot activate the Rhp51 presynaptic filament. AMP-PNP, a nonhydrolyzable ATP analog, induces a similar stabilization of Rhp51, but this stabilization is independent of Swi5-Sfr1. However, hydrolysis of ATP is required for processive strand transfer, which results in the formation of a long heteroduplex. Our in vitro reconstitution system has revealed that the two mediators have indispensable, but distinct, roles for mediating Rhp51 loading onto RPA-precoated ssDNA
Author Summary
Homologous recombination promotes genetic diversity in the next generation and serves as a driving force for evolution. It also provides efficient machinery for repairing DNA damage such as double-strand breaks. Homologous recombination involves DNA exchange between homologous chromosomes, which is mediated by evolutionarily conserved proteins called recombinases. It is thought that a recombinase binds to single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) to form a nucleoprotein filament called the presynaptic filament, and that this higher order structure engages in a search for homologous DNA sequences. Once a homologous duplex is found, the presynaptic filament initiates strand exchange. However, when ssDNA regions are created, they are immediately covered by replication protein A (RPA), thereby inhibiting recombinase filament formation even under conditions in which homologous recombination is appropriate. Previous studies suggested that mediator proteins help load recombinases onto ssDNA, and further studies showed that at least two mediators function together in a single recombination pathway. How these mediators coordinate recombinase loading has been unclear. We have addressed this question by reconstituting an in vitro strand exchange reaction with purified proteins including a fission yeast recombinase, Rhp51, two mediators, Rad22 and the Swi5-Sfr1 complex, and RPA. Our results indicate that Rad22 orchestrates the loading of Rhp51 onto RPA-coated ssDNA by acting as a scaffold for nucleating the recombinase filament, whereas the other mediator, Swi5-Sfr1, stabilizes and activates the filament.
A test tube reconstitution of the strand exchange reaction provides further evidence that the two mediators cooperatively promote the nucleation of active recombinase-ssDNA filaments, creating a higher order structure for recombination.
PMCID: PMC2292753  PMID: 18416603
20.  Multiple Regulation of Rad51-Mediated Homologous Recombination by Fission Yeast Fbh1 
PLoS Genetics  2014;10(8):e1004542.
Fbh1, an F-box helicase related to bacterial UvrD, has been proposed to modulate homologous recombination in fission yeast. We provide several lines of evidence for such modulation. Fbh1, but not the related helicases Srs2 and Rqh1, suppressed the formation of crossover recombinants from single HO-induced DNA double-strand breaks. Purified Fbh1 in complex with Skp1 (Fbh1-Skp1 complex) inhibited Rad51-driven DNA strand exchange by disrupting Rad51 nucleoprotein filaments in an ATP-dependent manner; this disruption was alleviated by the Swi5-Sfr1 complex, an auxiliary activator of Rad51. In addition, the reconstituted SCFFbh1 complex, composed of purified Fbh1-Skp1 and Pcu1-Rbx1, displayed ubiquitin-ligase E3 activity toward Rad51. Furthermore, Fbh1 reduced the protein level of Rad51 in stationary phase in an F-box-dependent, but not in a helicase domain-independent manner. These results suggest that Fbh1 negatively regulates Rad51-mediated homologous recombination via its two putative, unrelated activities, namely DNA unwinding/translocation and ubiquitin ligation. In addition to its anti-recombinase activity, we tentatively suggest that Fbh1 might also have a pro-recombination role in vivo, because the Fbh1-Skp1 complex stimulated Rad51-mediated strand exchange in vitro after strand exchange had been initiated.
Author Summary
Homologous recombination is required for repairing DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), which are induced by exogenous factors such as DNA damaging agents or by endogenous factors such as collapse of DNA replication fork in mitotic cells. If improperly processed, DSBs could lead to chromosome rearrangement, cell death, or tumorigenesis in mammals, and thus HR is strictly controlled at several steps, including Rad51 recombinase-driven DNA strand exchange reaction. Specifically, DNA helicases have been shown to be important for suppression of inappropriate recombination events. In this study, we analyzed one such DNA helicase, fission yeast Fbh1. We used an in vivo single-DSB repair assay to show that Fbh1 suppresses crossover formation between homologous chromosomes. Next, we obtained in vitro evidence that Fbh1 acts as an inhibitor of the strand-exchange reaction in the absence of Swi5-Sfr1, but stimulates the reaction after it starts. Furthermore, we found that SCFFbh1 has ubiquitin-ligase activity toward Rad51 in vitro and that Fbh1 regulates the protein level of Rad51 in the stationary phase. These results suggest Fbh1 regulates Rad51-mediated homologous recombination by its seemingly-unrelated two activities, DNA helicase/translocase and ubiquitin ligase.
PMCID: PMC4148199  PMID: 25165823
21.  Roles of XRCC2, RAD51B and RAD51D in RAD51-Independent SSA Recombination 
PLoS Genetics  2013;9(11):e1003971.
The repair of DNA double-strand breaks by recombination is key to the maintenance of genome integrity in all living organisms. Recombination can however generate mutations and chromosomal rearrangements, making the regulation and the choice of specific pathways of great importance. In addition to end-joining through non-homologous recombination pathways, DNA breaks are repaired by two homology-dependent pathways that can be distinguished by their dependence or not on strand invasion catalysed by the RAD51 recombinase. Working with the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, we present here an unexpected role in recombination for the Arabidopsis RAD51 paralogues XRCC2, RAD51B and RAD51D in the RAD51-independent single-strand annealing pathway. The roles of these proteins are seen in spontaneous and in DSB-induced recombination at a tandem direct repeat recombination tester locus, both of which are unaffected by the absence of RAD51. Individual roles of these proteins are suggested by the strikingly different severities of the phenotypes of the individual mutants, with the xrcc2 mutant being the most affected, and this is confirmed by epistasis analyses using multiple knockouts. Notwithstanding their clearly established importance for RAD51-dependent homologous recombination, XRCC2, RAD51B and RAD51D thus also participate in Single-Strand Annealing recombination.
Author Summary
The repair of DNA double-strand breaks by recombination is key to the maintenance of genome integrity in all living organisms. Recombination can however generate mutations and chromosomal rearrangements, making the regulation and the choice of specific pathways of great importance. Through modulation of the activity of the recombinase RAD51, the RAD51 paralogue proteins play key roles in the regulation of recombination. Considerable advances have been made in understanding of the RAD51 paralogue proteins and their roles in mediating RAD51-mediated homologous recombination, however very little is known of possible roles that they may have in other recombination pathways. Working with the plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, we show here major roles for three RAD51 paralogues in RAD51-independent single-strand annealing recombination. Notwithstanding their clearly established importance for RAD51-dependent homologous recombination, XRCC2, RAD51B and RAD51D thus also participate in Single-Strand Annealing recombination.
PMCID: PMC3836719  PMID: 24278037
22.  Rad52 Sumoylation Prevents the Toxicity of Unproductive Rad51 Filaments Independently of the Anti-Recombinase Srs2 
PLoS Genetics  2013;9(10):e1003833.
The budding yeast Srs2 is the archetype of helicases that regulate several aspects of homologous recombination (HR) to maintain genomic stability. Srs2 inhibits HR at replication forks and prevents high frequencies of crossing-over. Additionally, sensitivity to DNA damage and synthetic lethality with replication and recombination mutants are phenotypes that can only be attributed to another role of Srs2: the elimination of lethal intermediates formed by recombination proteins. To shed light on these intermediates, we searched for mutations that bypass the requirement of Srs2 in DNA repair without affecting HR. Remarkably, we isolated rad52-L264P, a novel allele of RAD52, a gene that encodes one of the most central recombination proteins in yeast. This mutation suppresses a broad spectrum of srs2Δ phenotypes in haploid cells, such as UV and γ-ray sensitivities as well as synthetic lethality with replication and recombination mutants, while it does not significantly affect Rad52 functions in HR and DNA repair. Extensive analysis of the genetic interactions between rad52-L264P and srs2Δ shows that rad52-L264P bypasses the requirement for Srs2 specifically for the prevention of toxic Rad51 filaments. Conversely, this Rad52 mutant cannot restore viability of srs2Δ cells that accumulate intertwined recombination intermediates which are normally processed by Srs2 post-synaptic functions. The avoidance of toxic Rad51 filaments by Rad52-L264P can be explained by a modification of its Rad51 filament mediator activity, as indicated by Chromatin immunoprecipitation and biochemical analysis. Remarkably, sensitivity to DNA damage of srs2Δ cells can also be overcome by stimulating Rad52 sumoylation through overexpression of the sumo-ligase SIZ2, or by replacing Rad52 by a Rad52-SUMO fusion protein. We propose that, like the rad52-L264P mutation, sumoylation modifies Rad52 activity thereby changing the properties of Rad51 filaments. This conclusion is strengthened by the finding that Rad52 is often associated with complete Rad51 filaments in vitro.
Author Summary
Homologous recombination (HR) is essential for double-strand break repair and participates in post-replication restart of stalled and collapsed replication forks. However, HR can lead to genome rearrangements and has to be strictly controlled. The budding yeast Srs2 is involved in the prevention of high crossing-over frequencies and in the inhibition of HR at replication forks. Nevertheless, important phenotypes of srs2Δ mutants, like sensitivity to DNA damage and synthetic lethality with replication and recombination mutants, can only be attributed to another role of Srs2: the elimination of lethal intermediates formed by recombination proteins. The nature of these intermediates remains to be defined. In a screen designed to uncover mutations able to suppress srs2Δ phenotypes, we isolated a novel allele of Rad52 (rad52-L264P), the gene that codes for the major Rad51 nucleoprotein filament mediator. Interestingly, we observed that rad52-L264P bypasses the requirement for Srs2 without affecting DNA repair by HR. We also found that Rad52-L264P specifically prevents the formation of unproductive Rad51 filaments before strand invasion, allowing us to define Srs2 substrates. Further analysis showed that Rad52-L264P mimics the properties of the Rad52-SUMO conjugate, revealing that Rad52 assembles Rad51 filaments differently according to its sumoylation status.
PMCID: PMC3794917  PMID: 24130504
23.  Functional Characterization of the Shigella dysenteriae Heme ABC Transporter† 
Biochemistry  2008;47(31):10.1021/bi801005u.
The heme ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporter, ShuUV, of Shigella dysenteriae has been incorporated into proteoliposomes. Functional characterization of ShuUV revealed that ATP hydrolysis and transport of heme from the periplasmic binding protein, ShuT, to the cytoplasmic binding protein, ShuS, are coupled. Site-directed mutagenesis of ShuT residues proposed to be required for stabilization of the complex abolished heme transport. Furthermore, residues His-252 and His-262, located in the translocation channel of ShuU, were required for the release of heme from ShuT and translocation to ShuS. The initial functional characterization of an in vitro heme uptake system provides a platform for future spectroscopic studies.
PMCID: PMC3832205  PMID: 18616281
24.  The USP1/UAF1 Complex Promotes Double-Strand Break Repair through Homologous Recombination ▿ † 
Molecular and Cellular Biology  2011;31(12):2462-2469.
Protein ubiquitination plays a key role in the regulation of a variety of DNA repair mechanisms. Protein ubiquitination is controlled by the coordinate activity of ubiquitin ligases and deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs). The deubiquitinating enzyme USP1 regulates DNA repair and the Fanconi anemia pathway through its association with its WD40 binding partner, UAF1, and through its deubiquitination of two critical DNA repair proteins, FANCD2-Ub and PCNA-Ub. To investigate the function of USP1 and UAF1, we generated USP1−/−, UAF1−/−/−, and USP1−/− UAF1−/−/− chicken DT40 cell clones. These three clones showed similar sensitivities to chemical cross-linking agents, to a topoisomerase poison, camptothecin, and to an inhibitor of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), indicating that the USP1/UAF1 complex is a regulator of the cellular response to DNA damage. The hypersensitivity to both camptothecin and a PARP inhibitor suggests that the USP1/UAF1 complex promotes homologous recombination (HR)-mediated double-strand break (DSB) repair. To gain insight into the mechanism of the USP1/UAF1 complex in HR, we inactivated the nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) pathway in UAF1-deficient cells. Disruption of NHEJ in UAF1-deficient cells restored cellular resistance to camptothecin and the PARP inhibitor. Our results indicate that the USP1/UAF1 complex promotes HR, at least in part by suppressing NHEJ.
PMCID: PMC3133424  PMID: 21482670
25.  Structure-function analysis of USP1: insights into the role of Ser313 phosphorylation site and the effect of cancer-associated mutations on autocleavage 
Molecular Cancer  2015;14(1):33.
In complex with its cofactor UAF1, the USP1 deubiquitinase plays an important role in cellular processes related to cancer, including the response to DNA damage. The USP1/UAF1 complex is emerging as a novel target in cancer therapy, but several aspects of its function and regulation remain to be further clarified. These include the role of the serine 313 phosphorylation site, the relative contribution of different USP1 sequence motifs to UAF1 binding, and the potential effect of cancer-associated mutations on USP1 regulation by autocleavage.
We have generated a large set of USP1 structural variants, including a catalytically inactive form (C90S), non-phosphorylatable (S313A) and phosphomimetic (S313D) mutants, deletion mutants lacking potential UAF1 binding sites, a mutant (GG/AA) unable to undergo autocleavage at the well-characterized G670/G671 diglycine motif, and four USP1 mutants identified in tumor samples that cluster around this cleavage site (G667A, L669P, K673T and A676T). Using cell-based assays, we have determined the ability of these mutants to bind UAF1, to reverse DNA damage-induced monoubiquitination of PCNA, and to undergo autocleavage.
A non-phosphorylatable S313A mutant of USP1 retained the ability to bind UAF1 and to reverse PCNA ubiquitination in cell-based assays. Regardless of the presence of a phosphomimetic S313D mutation, deletion of USP1 fragment 420–520 disrupted UAF1 binding, as determined using a nuclear relocation assay. The UAF1 binding site in a second UAF1-interacting DUB, USP46, was mapped to a region homologous to USP1(420–520). Regarding USP1 autocleavage, co-expression of the C90S and GG/AA mutants did not result in cleavage, while the cancer-associated mutation L669P was found to reduce cleavage efficiency.
USP1 phosphorylation at S313 is not critical for PCNA deubiquitination, neither for binding to UAF1 in a cellular environment. In this context, USP1 amino acid motif 420–520 is necessary and sufficient for UAF1 binding. This motif, and a homologous amino acid segment that mediates USP46 binding to UAF1, map to the Fingers sub-domain of these DUBs. On the other hand, our results support the view that USP1 autocleavage may occur in cis, and can be altered by a cancer-associated mutation.
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PMCID: PMC4326527  PMID: 25744535

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