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Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP-1) is an abundant nuclear protein with a high affinity for single- and double-strand DNA breaks. Its binding to strand breaks promotes catalysis of the covalent modification of nuclear proteins with poly(ADP-ribose) synthesised from NAD(+). PARP-1-knockout cells are extremely sensitive to alkylating agents, suggesting the involvement of PARP-1 in base excision repair; however, its role remains unclear. We investigated the dependence of base excision repair pathways on PARP-1 and NAD(+) using whole cell extracts derived from normal and PARP-1 deficient mouse cells and DNA substrates containing abasic sites. In normal extracts the rate of repair was highly dependent on NAD(+). We found that in the absence of NAD(+) repair was slowed down 4-6-fold after incision of the abasic site. We also established that in extracts from PARP-1 deficient mouse cells, repair of both regular and reduced abasic sites was increased with respect to normal extracts and was NAD(+)-independent, suggesting that in both short- and long-patch BER PARP-1 slows down, rather than stimulates, the repair reaction. Our data support the proposal that PARP-1 does not play a major role in catalysis of DNA damage processing via either base excision repair pathway.


Journal article


Acta Biochim Pol

Publication Date





169 - 179


Animals, Base Sequence, Binding Sites, DNA Repair, Embryo, Mammalian, Fibroblasts, Humans, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Molecular Sequence Data, Oligodeoxyribonucleotides, Patch-Clamp Techniques, Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases, Restriction Mapping, Substrate Specificity