Journal article

Functional links between transcription, DNA repair and apoptosis

P Berardi, M Russell, A El-Osta, K Riabowol

Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences | SPRINGER BASEL AG | Published : 2004

Abstract

DNA damage initiates damage response pathways, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. These processes act in a concerted fashion and remain functionally linked through mechanisms not completely understood. Programmed cell death, referred to as apoptosis, is a tightly regulated phenomenon ensuring that cells that accumulate irreversible DNA damage do not replicate. Interestingly, hyperacetylation of histone proteins, which alters transcription patterns and appears linked to DNA repair, also induces apoptosis, suggesting that aspects of chromatin modification link these very distinct processes. Modulating chromatin structure in the absence of any DNA lesions also activates key DNA damage-signalling ..

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