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Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 is a survival factor for radiation-exposed intestinal epithelial stem cells in vivo

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alexander Burkle, Emeritus Professor Thomas Kirkwood



Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) is a key enzyme mediating the cellular response to DNA strand breaks. It plays a critical role in genomic stability and survival of proliferating cells in culture undergoing DNA damage. Intestinal epithelium is the most proliferative tissue in the mammalian body and its stem cells show extreme sensitivity to low-level genotoxic stress. We investigated the role of PARP-1 in the in vivo damage response of intestinal stem cells in crypts of PARP-1-/- and control mice following whole-body γ-irradiation (1 Gy). In the PARP-1-/- mice there was a significant delay during the first 6 h in the transient p53 accumulation in stem cells whereas an increased number of cells were positive for p21CIP1/WAF1. Either no or only marginal differences were noted in MDM2 expression, apoptosis, induction of or recovery from mitotic blockage, or inhibition of DNA synthesis. We further observed a dose-dependent reduction in crypt survival measured at 4 days post-irradiation in control mice, and this crypt-killing effect was significantly potentiated in PARP-1-/- mice. Our results thus establish that PARP-1 acts as a survival factor for intestinal stem cells in vivo and suggest a functional link with early p53 and p21CIP1/WAF1 responses.

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Author(s): Ishizuka S, Martin K, Booth C, Potten CS, de Murcia G, Burkle A, Kirkwood TBL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nucleic Acids Research

Year: 2003

Volume: 31

Issue: 21

Pages: 6198-6205

Date deposited: 08/02/2012

ISSN (print): 0305-1048

ISSN (electronic): 1362-4954

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkg840

PubMed id: 14576306


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BEP17042Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council