Correction of the DNA repair defect in Fanconi anemia complementation groups A and D cells

Muriel W. Lambert, Gregory J. Tsongalis, W. Clark Lambert, David D. Parrish

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We have previously isolated from Fanconi anemia, complementation groups A (FA-A) and D (FA-D) cells, a DNA endonuclease complex which is defective in its ability to incise DNA containing interstrand cross-links produced by psoralen plus UVA light. The repair capabilities of the FA complexes, compared with those of the corresponding normal complex, have now been examined using two types of complementation analysis. First, introduction of the normal complex, by electroporation, into 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) plus UVA treated FA-A and FA-D cells resulted in correction of their repair defect, determined by measuring repair-related unscheduled DNA synthesis (UDS). The FA-A and FA-D complexes could similarly complement the repair defect in each others' cells, but not in their own. Second, mixing the normal with the FA-A and FAD complexes, or the FA-A with the FA-D complex, in a cell-free system resulted in correction of the defect in ability of these FA complexes to incise damaged DNA. These results indicate that the normal complex contains the proteins needed to correct the DNA repair defect in FA-A and FA-D cells and that the FA-A and FA-D complexes contain the protein needed to complement the repair defect in each other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-591
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 23 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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