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Title: The Fanconi Anaemia Protein FANCJ is Involved in the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) Mechanism in Human Cells
Authors: Komosa, Martin
Advisor: Meyn, M. Stephen
Department: Molecular and Medical Genetics
Keywords: Fanconi anaemia
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2011
Abstract: Approximately 15% of human cancers utilize a recombination-based mechanism termed Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) to maintain the lengths of their telomeres. The Fanconi anaemia protein FANCJ localizes to telomeric foci in human ALT cells, but not in telomerase-positive or primary cells. Telomere-associated FANCJ frequently localizes with FANCD2 and BRCA1, and primarily localizes to ALT-associated PML nuclear bodies. Depletion of FANCJ in human ALT cells causes the loss of BRCA1 at telomeric foci and a decrease in telomeric repeat DNA content primarily as a result of the loss of the brightest telomeric repeat DNA foci. In contrast, depletion of the FANCD2 results in increased telomeric repeat DNA synthesis and this is suppressed upon the codepletion of FANCJ. Together, data from this study suggest that FANCJ is required for telomeric repeat DNA synthesis in human ALT cells, which may or may not be dependent on BRCA1, and FANCD2 restrains this synthesis.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29580
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