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Coupling of mutated Met variants to DNA repair via Abl and Rad51

Ganapathipillai, Suganthini S, Medová, Michaela, Aebersold, Daniel M, Manley, Paul W., Berthou, Sylvie, Streit, Bruno, Blank-Liss, Wieslawa, Greiner, Richard H, Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara and Zimmer, Yitzhak (2008) Coupling of mutated Met variants to DNA repair via Abl and Rad51. Cancer Research, 68 (14). pp. 5769-5777. ISSN 1538-7445


Abnormal activation of DNA repair pathways by deregulated signaling of receptor tyrosine kinase systems is a compelling likelihood with significant implications in both cancer biology and treatment. Here, we show that due to a potential substrate switch, mutated variants of the receptor for hepatocyte growth factor Met, but not the wild-type form of the receptor, directly couple to the Abl tyrosine kinase and the Rad51 recombinase, two key signaling elements of homologous recombination-based DNA repair. Treatment of cells that express the mutated receptor variants with the Met inhibitor SU11274 leads, in a mutant-dependent manner, to a reduction of tyrosine phosphorylated levels of Abl and Rad51, impairs radiation-induced nuclear translocation of Rad51, and acts as a radiosensitizer together with the p53 inhibitor pifithrin-alpha by increasing cellular double-strand DNA break levels following exposure to ionizing radiation. Finally, we propose that in order to overcome a mutation-dependent resistance to SU11274, this aberrant molecular axis may alternatively be targeted with the Abl inhibitor, nilotinib.

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Keywords: DNA repair; mutations; receptor tyrosine kinase
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2009 13:49
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2009 13:49


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