Transcription-coupled nucleotide-excision repair (TC-NER) is a subpathway of NER that efficiently removes the highly toxic RNA polymerase II blocking lesions in DNA. Defective TC-NER gives rise to the human disorders Cockayne syndrome and UV-sensitive syndrome (UV SS). NER initiating factors are known to be regulated by ubiquitination. Using a SILAC-based proteomic approach, we identified UVSSA (formerly known as KIAA1530) as part of a UV-induced ubiquitinated protein complex. Knockdown of UVSSA resulted in TC-NER deficiency. UVSSA was found to be the causative gene for UV SS, an unresolved NER deficiency disorder. The UVSSA protein interacts with elongating RNA polymerase II, localizes specifically to UV-induced lesions, resides in chromatin-associated TC-NER complexes and is implicated in stabilizing the TC-NER master organizing protein ERCC6 (also known as CSB) by delivering the deubiquitinating enzyme USP7 to TC-NER complexes. Together, these findings indicate that UVSSA-USP7-mediated stabilization of ERCC6 represents a critical regulatory mechanism of TC-NER in restoring gene expression.

dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.2230, hdl.handle.net/1765/59964
Nature Genetics
This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/253544 - Deciphering the role of chromatin remodelling in DNA damage repair (CHROMOREPAIR)
Department of Pediatrics

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