MAD2L2 promotes replication fork protection and recovery in a shieldin-independent and REV3L-dependent manner.


Protection of stalled replication forks is essential to prevent genome instability, a major driving force of tumorigenesis. Several key regulators of DNA double-stranded break (DSB) repair, including 53BP1 and RIF1, have been implicated in fork protection. MAD2L2, also known as REV7, plays an important role downstream of 53BP1/RIF1 by counteracting resection at DSBs in the recently discovered shieldin complex. The ability to bind and counteract resection at exposed DNA ends at DSBs makes MAD2L2/shieldin a prime candidate for also suppressing nucleolytic processing at stalled replication forks. However, the function of MAD2L2/shieldin outside of DNA repair is unknown. Here we address this by using genetic and single-molecule analyses and find that MAD2L2 is required for protecting and restarting stalled replication forks. MAD2L2 loss leads to uncontrolled MRE11-dependent resection of stalled forks and single-stranded DNA accumulation, which causes irreparable genomic damage. Unexpectedly, MAD2L2 limits resection at stalled forks independently of shieldin, since fork protection remained unaffected by shieldin loss. Instead, MAD2L2 cooperates with the DNA polymerases REV3L and REV1 to promote fork stability. Thus, MAD2L2 suppresses aberrant nucleolytic processing both at DSBs and stalled replication forks by differentially engaging shieldin and REV1/REV3L, respectively.

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Nature communications
  • Volume 13
  • Issue nr. 1
  • Pages 5167
  • Publication date 08-09-2022

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