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Findings of PARP Inhibitors Study at NIH

Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase and XPF-ERCC1 participate in distinct pathways for the repair of topoisomerase I-induced DNA damage in mammalian cells.

Zhang YW, Regairaz M, Seiler JA, Agama KK, Doroshow JH, Pommier Y.

Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


Poly(ADP-Ribose) (PAR) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors represent a promising class of novel anticancer agents. The present study explores the molecular rationale for combining veliparib (ABT-888) with camptothecin (CPT) and its clinical derivatives, topotecan and irinotecan. ABT-888 inhibited PAR induction by CPT and increased CPT-induced cell killing and histone γH2AX. Increased DNA breaks by ABT-888 were not associated with a corresponding increase of topoisomerase I cleavage complexes and were further increased by inactivation of tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase 1. SiRNA knockdown for the endonuclease XPF-ERCC1 reduced the ABT-888-induced γH2AX response in non-replicating and replicating cells but enhanced the antiproliferative effect of ABT-888 in CPT-treated cells. Our findings indicate the involvement of XPF-ERCC1 in inducing γH2AX response and repairing topoisomerase I-induced DNA damage as an alternative pathway from PARP and tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase 1.

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