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Mechanisms of oncogene-induced DNA replication stress

ContributorsMacheret, Morgane
Defense date2017-04-28
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Oncogenes in human cancers induce DNA replication stress and genomic instability. Towards elucidating the underlying molecular mechanisms, we monitored origin firing in human cells after inducibly activating the proto-oncogenes cyclin E or MYC. Both oncogenes led to firing of novel replication origins within highly transcribed genes. These novel origins were normally suppressed by transcription during G1, but precocious entry into S phase allowed origin firing within genomic regions that had not yet been transcribed. Forks from oncogene-induced origins were prone to collapse, due to conflicts between replication and transcription, and were associated with DNA double-strand break formation and chromosomal rearrangement breakpoints. We propose that in normal cells, initiation of DNA replication is mostly restricted to non-transcribed genomic regions, whereas shortening of G1 in cancer cells leads to origin firing within transcribed genes, fork collapse and genomic instability.

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MACHERET, Morgane. Mechanisms of oncogene-induced DNA replication stress. 2017. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:94383
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