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Autophagy in DNA Damage Response

Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Lodz, Pomorska 141/143, 90-236 Lodz, Poland
Department of Orthodontics, Medical University of Lodz, Pomorska 251, 92-216 Lodz, Poland
Department of Infectious and Liver Diseases, Medical University of Lodz, Kniaziewicza 1/5, 92-347 Lodz, Poland
Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio FI-70211, Finland
Department of Ophthalmology, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio FI-70211, Finland
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Academic Editor: Guillermo T. Sáez
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(2), 2641-2662;
Received: 15 December 2014 / Accepted: 12 January 2015 / Published: 23 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue DNA Damage and Repair in Degenerative Diseases 2014)
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DNA damage response (DDR) involves DNA repair, cell cycle regulation and apoptosis, but autophagy is also suggested to play a role in DDR. Autophagy can be activated in response to DNA-damaging agents, but the exact mechanism underlying this activation is not fully understood, although it is suggested that it involves the inhibition of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). mTORC1 represses autophagy via phosphorylation of the ULK1/2–Atg13–FIP200 complex thus preventing maturation of pre-autophagosomal structures. When DNA damage occurs, it is recognized by some proteins or their complexes, such as poly(ADP)ribose polymerase 1 (PARP-1), Mre11–Rad50–Nbs1 (MRN) complex or FOXO3, which activate repressors of mTORC1. SQSTM1/p62 is one of the proteins whose levels are regulated via autophagic degradation. Inhibition of autophagy by knockout of FIP200 results in upregulation of SQSTM1/p62, enhanced DNA damage and less efficient damage repair. Mitophagy, one form of autophagy involved in the selective degradation of mitochondria, may also play role in DDR. It degrades abnormal mitochondria and can either repress or activate apoptosis, but the exact mechanism remains unknown. There is a need to clarify the role of autophagy in DDR, as this process may possess several important biomedical applications, involving also cancer therapy. View Full-Text
Keywords: autophagy; DNA damage response; DNA repair; apoptosis; signal transduction; senescence; cancer therapy autophagy; DNA damage response; DNA repair; apoptosis; signal transduction; senescence; cancer therapy

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Czarny, P.; Pawlowska, E.; Bialkowska-Warzecha, J.; Kaarniranta, K.; Blasiak, J. Autophagy in DNA Damage Response. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 2641-2662.

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