Opening the DNA repair toolbox: Localization of DNA double strand breaks to the nuclear periphery
Volume 9, Issue 1
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January 1, 2010
Pages 43 - 49http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/cc.9.1.10317
Authors: Pranav Oza and Craig L. Peterson View affiliations
Efficient repair of DNA double strand breaks is essential for cells to avoid increased mutation rates, genomic instability, and even cell death. Consequently, cells have evolved multiple mechanisms for rapidly repairing these DNA lesions, including error-free homologous recombination as well as error-prone pathways such as nonhomologous end-joining. What happens to DSBs that are repaired inefficiently or not at all? Recently, several studies in budding yeast have shown that these more recalcitrant DSBs are localized to the nuclear periphery through interactions between the nuclear envelope protein, Mps3, and proteins associated with DSB chromatin. Why these DSBs are tethered to the nuclear periphery is still not clear, though the current view is that alternative repair pathways may be activated at the periphery in a final attempt to repair the lesion. In this Extra-view, we discuss these recent reports, and we show that the Est1 component of the telomerase machinery plays an essential role in anchoring DSB chromatin to the nuclear envelope protein, Mps3.