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PLoS Biol DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000287

A mitotic phosphorylation feedback network connects Cdk1, Plk1, 53BP1, and Chk2 to inactivate the G(2)/M DNA damage checkpoint.

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
Authorsvan Vugt, MATM, Gardino, AK, Linding, R, Ostheimer, GJ, H Reinhardt, C, Ong, S-E, Tan, CS, Miao, H, Keezer, SM, Li, J, Pawson, T, Lewis, TA, Carr, SA, Smerdon, SJ, Brummelkamp, TR, Yaffe, MB
JournalPLoS Biol
Date Published2010 Jan 26
KeywordsCDC2 Protein Kinase, Cell Cycle Proteins, Cell Division, Cell Line, Checkpoint Kinase 2, DNA Damage, Feedback, Physiological, G2 Phase, Humans, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Phosphorylation, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Proto-Oncogene Proteins, Signal Transduction, Tumor Suppressor p53-Binding Protein 1

DNA damage checkpoints arrest cell cycle progression to facilitate DNA repair. The ability to survive genotoxic insults depends not only on the initiation of cell cycle checkpoints but also on checkpoint maintenance. While activation of DNA damage checkpoints has been studied extensively, molecular mechanisms involved in sustaining and ultimately inactivating cell cycle checkpoints are largely unknown. Here, we explored feedback mechanisms that control the maintenance and termination of checkpoint function by computationally identifying an evolutionary conserved mitotic phosphorylation network within the DNA damage response. We demonstrate that the non-enzymatic checkpoint adaptor protein 53BP1 is an in vivo target of the cell cycle kinases Cyclin-dependent kinase-1 and Polo-like kinase-1 (Plk1). We show that Plk1 binds 53BP1 during mitosis and that this interaction is required for proper inactivation of the DNA damage checkpoint. 53BP1 mutants that are unable to bind Plk1 fail to restart the cell cycle after ionizing radiation-mediated cell cycle arrest. Importantly, we show that Plk1 also phosphorylates the 53BP1-binding checkpoint kinase Chk2 to inactivate its FHA domain and inhibit its kinase activity in mammalian cells. Thus, a mitotic kinase-mediated negative feedback loop regulates the ATM-Chk2 branch of the DNA damage signaling network by phosphorylating conserved sites in 53BP1 and Chk2 to inactivate checkpoint signaling and control checkpoint duration.


Alternate JournalPLoS Biol.
PubMed ID20126263
PubMed Central IDPMC2811157
Grant ListES015339 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
R01 ES015339 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
MC_U117584228 / / Medical Research Council / United Kingdom
GM68762 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
U54 CA112967 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
CA112967 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
P30 ES002109 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
P50 GM068762 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
N01CO12400 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States