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Sci. STKE, 4 December 2007
Vol. 2007, Issue 415, p. pe68
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.4152007pe68]


Genomic Maintenance: The p53 Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation Connection

Rafael Alvarez-Gonzalez*

Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107–2699, USA.

Abstract: The integrity of the genome in higher eukaryotes, as well as the modulation of its complex structure and functions, is exquisitely regulated. This genomic regulation occurs as a function of time in a very sophisticated and elaborate biological process called cell cycle progression, resulting in cell division, and is also controlled by a highly coordinated and intricate network of molecular signaling pathways, which in turn orchestrate very specific macromolecular interactions among nuclear proteins and DNA at the biochemical level. Among the latter, a prominent enzymatic cycle that is involved in maintaining the integrity of mammalian chromosomes is covalent protein-poly[adenosine diphosphate (ADP)–ribosyl]ation. The importance of this posttranslational modification is illustrated by the close cooperation between two "guardian angels" of the genome, one constitutive and one inducible protein, namely poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase–1 (PARP-1) and p53, and the integration of these pivotal signaling processes with genomic maintenance.

*Contact information. E-mail, ralvarez{at}

Citation: R. Alvarez-Gonzalez, Genomic Maintenance: The p53 Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation Connection. Sci. STKE 2007, pe68 (2007).

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