FAAP20: A novel ubiquitin-binding FA nuclear core-complex protein required for functional integrity of the FA-BRCA DNA repair pathway

Abdullah Mahmood Ali, Arun Pradhan, Thiyam Ramsingh Singh, Changhu Du, Jie Li, Kebola Wahengbam, Elke Grassman, Arleen D. Auerbach, Qishen Pang, Amom Ruhikanta Meetei

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Abstract

Fanconi anemia (FA) nuclear core complex is a multiprotein complex required for the functional integrity of the FA-BRCA pathway regulating DNA repair. This pathway is inactivated in FA, a devastating genetic disease, which leads to hematologic defects and cancer in patients. Here we report the isolation and characterization of a novel 20-kDa FANCA-associated protein (FAAP20). We show that FAAP20 is an integral component of the FA nuclear core complex. We identify a region on FANCA that physically interacts with FAAP20, and show that FANCA regulates stability of this protein. FAAP20 contains a conserved ubiquitin-binding zinc-finger domain (UBZ), and binds K-63-linked ubiquitin chains in vitro. The FAAP20-UBZ domain is not required for interaction with FANCA, but is required for DNA-damage-induced chromatin loading of FANCA and the functional integrity of the FA pathway. These findings reveal critical roles for FAAP20 in the FABRCA pathway of DNA damage repair and genome maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3285-3294
Number of pages10
JournalBlood
Volume119
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 5 2012

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