Mutations in the Trp53 gene of UV-irradiated Xpc mutant mice suggest a novel Xpc-dependent DNA repair process

Dorit Nahari, Lisa D. McDaniel, Laurie B. Task, Russell L. Daniel, Susana Velasco-Miguel, Errol C. Friedberg

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Mutational hot spots in the human p53 gene are well established in tumors in the human population and are frequently negative prognosticators of the clinical outcome. We previously developed a mouse model of skin cancer with mutations in the xeroderma pigmentosum group C gene (Xpc). UVB radiation-induced skin cancer is significantly enhanced in these mice when they also carry a mutation in one copy of the Trp53 gene (Xpc-/-Trp53 +/-). Skin tumors in these mice often contain inactivating mutations in the remaining Trp53 allele and we have previously reported a novel mutational hot spot at a non-dipyrimidine site (ACG) in codon 122 of the Trp53 gene in the tumors. Here we show that this mutation is not a hot spot in Xpa or Csa mutant mice. Furthermore, the mutation in codon T122 can be identified in mouse skin DNA from (Xpc-/-Trp53+/-) mice as early as 2 weeks after exposure to UVB radiation, well before histological evidence of dysplastic or neoplastic changes. Since this mutational hot spot is not at a dipyrimidine site and is apparently Xpc-specific, we suggest that some form of non-dipyrimidine base damage is normally repaired in a manner that is distinct from conventional nucleotide excision repair, but that requires XPC protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-386
Number of pages8
JournalDNA repair
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2004


  • Mutation detection
  • Mutational hot spots
  • NER
  • Xpc mice
  • p53 gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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