SIRT6 is a DNA double-strand break sensor
DNA double strand breaks are the most deleterious type of DNA damage. In this work, we show that SIRT6 directly recognizes DNA damage through a tunnel-like structure, with high affinity for double strand breaks. SIRT6 relocates to sites of damage independently of signalling and known sensors. It activates downstream signalling for double strand break repair by triggering ATM recruitment, H2AX phosphorylation and the recruitment of proteins of Homologous Recombination and Non-Homologous End Joining pathways. Our findings indicate that SIRT6 plays a previously uncharacterized role as a DNA damage sensor, a critical factor in initiating the DNA damage response (DDR). Moreover, other Sirtuins share some DSB binding capacity and DDR activation. SIRT6 activates the DDR before the repair pathway is chosen, and prevents genomic instability. Our findings place SIRT6 as a sensor of DSB, and pave the road to dissecting the contributions of distinct double strand break sensors in downstream signalling.
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Israel Science Foundation (188/17)
- Debra Toiber
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
- Katrin Chua, Stanford University, United States
- Received: September 4, 2019
- Accepted: January 23, 2020
- Accepted Manuscript published: January 29, 2020 (version 1)
- Version of Record published: March 2, 2020 (version 2)
- Version of Record updated: March 6, 2020 (version 3)
© 2020, Onn et al.
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