• Crosstalk between chromatin structure, cohesin activity and transcription

      Maya-Miles, D; Andujar, E; Perez-Alegre, M; Murillo-Pineda, M; Barrientos-Moreno, M; Cabello-Lobato, Maria J; Gomez-Marin, E; Morillo-Huesca, M; Prado, F; Department of Genome Biology, Andalusian Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine (CABIMER), CSIC-University of Seville-University Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain (2019)
      BACKGROUND: A complex interplay between chromatin and topological machineries is critical for genome architecture and function. However, little is known about these reciprocal interactions, even for cohesin, despite its multiple roles in DNA metabolism. RESULTS: We have used genome-wide analyses to address how cohesins and chromatin structure impact each other in yeast. Cohesin inactivation in scc1-73 mutants during the S and G2 phases causes specific changes in chromatin structure that preferentially take place at promoters; these changes include a significant increase in the occupancy of the - 1 and + 1 nucleosomes. In addition, cohesins play a major role in transcription regulation that is associated with specific promoter chromatin architecture. In scc1-73 cells, downregulated genes are enriched in promoters with short or no nucleosome-free region (NFR) and a fragile nucleosome - 1/RSC complex" particle. These results, together with a preferential increase in the occupancy of nucleosome - 1 of these genes, suggest that cohesins promote transcription activation by helping RSC to form the NFR. In sharp contrast, the scc1-73 upregulated genes are enriched in promoters with an "open" chromatin structure and are mostly at cohesin-enriched regions, suggesting that a local accumulation of cohesins might help to inhibit transcription. On the other hand, a dramatic loss of chromatin integrity by histone depletion during DNA replication has a moderate effect on the accumulation and distribution of cohesin peaks along the genome. CONCLUSIONS: Our analyses of the interplay between chromatin integrity and cohesin activity suggest that cohesins play a major role in transcription regulation, which is associated with specific chromatin architecture and cohesin-mediated nucleosome alterations of the regulated promoters. In contrast, chromatin integrity plays only a minor role in the binding and distribution of cohesins."
    • In vivo binding of recombination proteins to non-DSB DNA lesions and to replication forks

      González-Prieto, R.; Cabello-Lobato, Maria J; Prado, F.; Department of Cell and Chemical Biology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. (2021)
      Homologous recombination (HR) has been extensively studied in response to DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). In contrast, much less is known about how HR deals with DNA lesions other than DSBs (e.g., at single-stranded DNA) and replication forks, despite the fact that these DNA structures are associated with most spontaneous recombination events. A major handicap for studying the role of HR at non-DSB DNA lesions and replication forks is the difficulty of discriminating whether a recombination protein is associated with the non-DSB lesion per se or rather with a DSB generated during their processing. Here, we describe a method to follow the in vivo binding of recombination proteins to non-DSB DNA lesions and replication forks. This approach is based on the cleavage and subsequent electrophoretic analysis of the target DNA by the recombination protein fused to the micrococcal nuclease.
    • SAMHD1 sheds moonlight on DNA double-strand break repair.

      Cabello-Lobato, Maria J; Wang, Siyue; Schmidt, Christine K; Division of Cancer Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester Cancer Research Centre Building, 555 Wilmslow Road, Manchester (2017-09-29)
      SAMHD1 (sterile α motif and histidine (H) aspartate (D) domain-containing protein 1) is known for its antiviral activity of hydrolysing deoxynucleotides required for virus replication. Daddacha et al. identify a hydrolase-independent, moonlighting function of SAMHD1 that facilitates homologous recombination of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) by promoting recruitment of C-terminal binding protein interacting protein (CTIP), a DNA-end resection factor, to damaged DNA. These findings could benefit anticancer treatment.