We investigated the function of the interaction between WRN (Werner syndrome gene product) and Ku70 and between WRN and DNA-PKcs, which are components of the DNA-PKcs/Ku70/Ku80 complex, by generating KU70-/-/WRN-/- and DNA-PKcs-/-/-/WRN-/- double-gene knockout chicken DT40 cells. When treated with camptothecin (CPT), an inhibitor of DNA topoisomerase I, WRN-/- cells showed higher sensitivity than wild-type cells, whereas KU70-/- and DNA-PKcs-/-/- cells showed hyper-resistance. Disruption of KU70 or DNA-PKcs suppressed the sensitivity of WRN-/- cells to CPT, rendering them as resistant to CPT treatment as KU70-/- and DNA-PKcs-/-/- cells. On the other hand, CPT sensitivity of BLM-/- cells, which are defective in a RecQ helicase similar to WRN, was enhanced by deletion of KU70. The implications for the function of WRN in the non-homologous end-joining pathway of DNA repair involving Ku70 and DNA-PKcs, which may be the cause of lethality in the presence of CPT, will be discussed.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2007 Apr 6|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology