FIRRM/C1orf112 mediates resolution of homologous recombination intermediates in response to DNA interstrand crosslinks.


DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) pose a major obstacle for DNA replication and transcription if left unrepaired. The cellular response to ICLs requires the coordination of various DNA repair mechanisms. Homologous recombination (HR) intermediates generated in response to ICLs, require efficient and timely conversion by structure-selective endonucleases. Our knowledge on the precise coordination of this process remains incomplete. Here, we designed complementary genetic screens to map the machinery involved in the response to ICLs and identified FIRRM/C1orf112 as an indispensable factor in maintaining genome stability. FIRRM deficiency leads to hypersensitivity to ICL-inducing compounds, accumulation of DNA damage during S-G2 phase of the cell cycle, and chromosomal aberrations, and elicits a unique mutational signature previously observed in HR-deficient tumors. In addition, FIRRM is recruited to ICLs, controls MUS81 chromatin loading, and thereby affects resolution of HR intermediates. FIRRM deficiency in mice causes early embryonic lethality and accelerates tumor formation. Thus, FIRRM plays a critical role in the response to ICLs encountered during DNA replication.

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Science advances
  • Volume 9
  • Issue nr. 22
  • Pages eadf4409
  • Publication date 02-06-2023

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