Unrepaired DNA double-strand breaks can lead to apoptosis or tumorigenesis. In mammals double-strand breaks are repaired mainly by nonhomologous end-joining mediated by the DNA-PK complex. The core protein of this complex, DNA-PKcs, is a DNA-dependent serine/threonine kinase that phosphorylates protein targets as well as itself. Although the (auto)phosphorylation activity has been shown to be essential for repair of both random double-strand breaks and induced breaks at the immunoglobulin locus, the corresponding phosphatase has been elusive. In fact, to date, none of the putative phosphatases in DNA double-strand break repair has been identified. Here we show that protein phosphatase 5 interacts with DNA-PKcs and dephosphorylates with surprising specificity at least two functional sites. Cells with either hypo- or hyperphosphorylation of DNA-PKcs at these sites show increased radiation sensitivity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Feb 3 2004|
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