A novel interation of nucleolin with Rad51

Ananya De, Sarah L. Donahue, Azah Tabah, Nancy E. Castro, Naomi Mraz, Jennifer L. Cruise, Colin R Campbell

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Nucleolin associates with various DNA repair, recombination, and replication proteins, and possesses DNA helicase, strand annealing, and strand pairing activities. Examination of nuclear protein extracts from human somatic cells revealed that nucleolin and Rad51 co-immunoprecipitate. Furthermore, purified recombinant Rad51 associates with in vitro transcribed and translated nucleolin. Electroporation-mediated introduction of anti-nucleolin antibody resulted in a 10- to 20-fold reduction in intra-plasmid homologous recombination activity in human fibrosarcoma cells. Additionally, introduction of anti-nucleolin antibody sensitized cells to death induced by the topoisomerase II inhibitor, amsacrine. Introduction of anti-Rad51 antibody also reduced intra-plasmid homologous recombination activity and induced hypersensitivity to amsacrine-induced cell death. Co-introduction of anti-nucleolin and anti-Rad51 antibodies did not produce additive effects on homologous recombination or on cellular sensitivity to amsacrine. The association of the two proteins raises the intriguing possibility that nucleolin binding to Rad51 may function to regulate homologous recombinational repair of chromosomal DNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-213
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 26 2006

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Funding Information:
The authors thank M. Rafferty and M. Riehle for technical assistance. This work was supported in part by grants from the National Cancer Institute (CA70494-01; JLC) and the National Institute on Aging (AG16678; CC). A.D. was supported by a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association.


  • DNA repair
  • Homologous recombination
  • Nucleolin
  • Protein interaction
  • Rad51


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