Importance for the repair of topoisomerase II-mediated DNA damage

Timsi Rao, Rui Gao, Saeko Takada, Muthana Al Abo, Xiang Chen, Kylie J. Walters, Yves Pommier, Hideki Aihara

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Tyrosyl DNA phosphodiesterase 2 (TDP2) is a multifunctional protein implicated in DNA repair, signal transduction and transcriptional regulation. In its DNA repair role, TDP2 safeguards genome integrity by hydrolyzing 5--Tyrosyl DNA adducts formed by abortive topoisomerase II (Top2) cleavage complexes to allow error-free repair of DNA doublestrand breaks, thereby conferring cellular resistance against Top2 poisons. TDP2 consists of a Cterminal catalytic domain responsible for its phosphodiesterase activity, and a functionally uncharacterized N-Terminal region. Here, we demonstrate that this N-Terminal region contains a ubiquitin (Ub)-associated (UBA) domain capable of binding multiple forms of Ub with distinct modes of interactions and preference for either K48-or K63-linked polyUbs over monoUb. The structure of TDP2 UBA bound to monoUb shows a canonical mode of UBA-Ub interaction. However, the absence of the highly conserved MGF motif and the presence of a fourth --helix make TDP2 UBA distinct from other known UBAs. Mutations in the TDP2 UBA-Ub binding interface do not affect nuclear import of TDP2, but severely compromise its ability to repair Top2-mediated DNA damage, thus establishing the importance of the TDP2 UBA- Ub interaction in DNA repair. The differential binding to multiple Ub forms could be important for responding to DNA damage signals under different contexts or to support the multi-functionality of TDP2. The Author(s) 2016.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10201-10215
Number of pages15
JournalNucleic acids research
Issue number21
StatePublished - Dec 2016

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Funding Information:
National Institutes of Health [GM095558 and GM118047


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