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DNA replication stress underlies renal phenotypes in CEP290-associated Joubert syndrome

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ann Marie Hynes, Dr Shalabh Srivastava, Dr Colin Miles, Professor John SayerORCiD


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Juvenile ciliopathy syndromes that are associated with renal cysts and premature renal failure are commonly the result of mutations in the gene encoding centrosomal protein CEP290. In addition to centrosomes and the transition zone at the base of the primary cilium, CEP290 also localizes to the nucleus; however, the nuclear function of CEP290 is unknown. Here, we demonstrate that reduction of cellular CEP290 in primary human and mouse kidney cells as well as in zebrafish embryos leads to enhanced DNA damage signaling and accumulation of DNA breaks ex vivo and in vivo. Compared with those from WT mice, primary kidney cells from Cep290-deficient mice exhibited supernumerary centrioles, decreased replication fork velocity, fork asymmetry, and increased levels of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs). Treatment of Cep290-deficient cells with CDK inhibitors rescued DNA damage and centriole number. Moreover, the loss of primary cilia that results from CEP290 dysfunction was rescued in 3D cell culture spheroids of primary murine kidney cells after exposure to CDK inhibitors. Together, our results provide a linIc between CEP290 and DNA replication stress and suggest MK inhibition as a potential treatment strategy for a wide range of ciliopathy syndromes.

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Author(s): Slaats GG, Saldivar JC, Bacal J, Zeman MK, Kile AC, Hynes AM, Srivastava S, Nazmutdinova J, den Ouden K, Zagers MS, Foletto V, Verhaar MC, Miles C, Sayer JA, Cimprich KA, Giles RH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Investigation

Year: 2015

Volume: 125

Issue: 9

Pages: 3657-3666

Print publication date: 01/09/2015

Online publication date: 24/08/2015

Acceptance date: 10/07/2015

ISSN (print): 0021-9738

ISSN (electronic): 1558-8238

Publisher: American Society for Clinical Investigation


DOI: 10.1172/JCI80657


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Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Kids Kidney Research
07.2013Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund
1059Simons Foundation Fund
14/13Foundation "De Drie Lichten" in the Netherlands
14OKK01Dutch Kidney Foundation
123391-PF-12-156-01-DMCAmerican Cancer Society
13A3D103Dutch Kidney Foundation Consortium
241955European Community
CP11.18Dutch Kidney Foundation Consortium
MR/M012212/1Medical Research Council
RP40/2009Kidney Research UK
TF1/2013Kidney Research UK