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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Mismatch repair deficiency endows tumors with a unique mutation signature and sensitivity to DNA double-strand breaks

    Hui Zhao et al.
    A comprehensive catalogue of somatic mutations accumulating in MMR-deficient tumors highlights their relevance in the context of human genetic evolution, for the diagnosis of microsatellite instability and the provision of targeted treatment options.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    DNA-RNA hybrids at DSBs interfere with repair by homologous recombination

    Pedro Ortega et al.
    Genetic and physical analyses reveal that DNA-RNA hybrids form fortuitously at DNA double-strand breaks during transcription and need removal to allow repair by homologous recombination.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    SETD2 is required for DNA double-strand break repair and activation of the p53-mediated checkpoint

    Sílvia Carvalho et al.
    The involvement of SETD2 in an important DNA repair pathway could explain the high frequency of SETD2 mutations in several cancers and may provide an alternative mechanism to evade the p53-mediated checkpoint.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis for transcription complex disruption by the Mfd translocase

    Jin Young Kang et al.
    Seven distinct cryo-electron microscopy structures delineate the elaborate mechanism for how E. coli Mfd, a transcription repair coupling factor, disassembles the RNA polymerase transcription elongation complex to initiate transcription-coupled repair.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The complete structure of the human TFIIH core complex

    Basil J Greber et al.
    The structure of human transcription factor IIH, a critical DNA repair and transcription initiation factor, has been determined by cryo-electron microscopy.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    CtIP forms a tetrameric dumbbell-shaped particle which bridges complex DNA end structures for double-strand break repair

    Oliver J Wilkinson et al.
    Structural and biochemical analysis of human CtIP provides new insights into DNA break recognition, binding and bridging during homologous recombination.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Crosstalk between repair pathways elicits double-strand breaks in alkylated DNA and implications for the action of temozolomide

    Robert P Fuchs et al.
    DNA lesions formed by alkylating agents trigger double-strand breaks, in the absence of replication, by the action of MMR and BER at nearby O-alkyl and N-alkyl adducts, respectively.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Human Holliday junction resolvase GEN1 uses a chromodomain for efficient DNA recognition and cleavage

    Shun-Hsiao Lee et al.
    The crystal structure of human Holliday junction resolvase GEN1 in complex with DNA reveals a conserved chromodomain as an additional DNA-anchoring point that opens new perspectives for enzyme regulation.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Coordination between nucleotide excision repair and specialized polymerase DnaE2 action enables DNA damage survival in non-replicating bacteria

    Asha Mary Joseph et al.
    Live-cell imaging shows that replication-independent specialized polymerase action is a consequence of lesion processing via NER and impacts cellular survival under stress outside replicative phases of the cell cycle.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    MutS/MutL crystal structure reveals that the MutS sliding clamp loads MutL onto DNA

    Flora S Groothuizen et al.
    Visualization of the sliding clamp in DNA mismatch repair shows how a transient complex is activated.