Bloom syndrome (BS) is characterized by genomic instability and cancer susceptibility caused by defects in BLM, a DNA helicase of the RecQ-family (J. German and N.A. Ellis, The Genetic Basis of Human Cancer, pp. 301-316, 1998). RecQ helicases and topoisomerase III proteins interact physically and functionally in yeast (S. Gangloff et al., Mol. Cell. Biol., 14: 8391-8398, 1994) and in Escherichia coli can function together to enable passage of double-stranded DNA (F. G. Harmon et al., Mol. Cell, 3: 611-620, 1999). We demonstrate in somatic and meiotic human cells an association between BLM and topoisomerase IIIα. These proteins colocalize in promyelocytic leukemia protein nuclear bodies, and this localization is disrupted in BS cells. Thus, mechanisms by which RecQ helicases and topoisomerase III proteins cooperate to maintain genomic stability in model organisms likely apply to humans.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research