Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Novel Role of Human DNA Damage Checkpoint Protein ATR in Suppressing Ca2+ Overload-Induced PARP1-Mediated Necrosis
by Wang-Heaton, Hui, Ph.D., East Tennessee State University, 2016, 120; 13830142
Abstract (Summary)

Ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) is well known for its regulatory role in DNA damage responses (DDR) as a checkpoint kinase that phosphorylates hundreds of protein substrates. However, its role in cellular non-DNA damage stress responses (NDDR) is unknown. Necrosis is one form of cell death and traditionally has been regarded as a passive and uncontrolled cell death. Recently, evidence has emerged to support the concept that necrosis also may occur in a programmed manner and that poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1) can be a mediator. Active PARP1 hydrolyzes nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) to produce poly (ADP-ribose) (PAR) polymers on target proteins or itself. As a result, hyper-activity of PARP1 may lead to necrosis by excessively depleting ATP pool which results in mitochondrial energetic collapse. On the other hand, it is known that Ca2+ overload induces necrosis, but much still remains unknown about how Ca 2+ overload-induced necrosis is regulated in cells. In this study, we show that ATR, besides its hallmark regulatory role in DDR, also plays a role in NDDR by suppressing ionomycin-induced necrosis. Ionomycin as a Ca 2+ ionophore can dramatically raise the intracellular level of Ca 2+, leading to necrosis. We found that this Ca2+ overload-induced necrosis occurs without inducing DDR in cells. Instead, the hyper-poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation (PARylation) activity of activated PARP1 could be a reason leading to necrosis, as NAD+ supplied to media can rescue ionomycininduced necrosis. In vitro PARylation assay also demonstrates that PARP1 hyperactivation is Ca2+ dependent. In cells, ATR-PARP1 interaction happened after ionomycin treatment. Furthermore, ionomycin treatment induces more full-length PAR polymers formed in ATR-deficient cells than in ATR-proficient cells. The interaction of kinasedead ATR and PARP1 dramatically decreased as compared to wild-type ATR. Therefore, ATR plays a novel role in NDDR wherein it is able to suppress Ca2+ overload-induced PARP1-mediated necrosis. Ca2+ overload-induced cell death is a major cause of many human medical conditions and diseases, such as brain injury, stroke and ischemia etc. Our ongoing studies will help to define the molecular mechanisms of the anti-necrosis activities of ATR, which may support ATR as a new clinical target for therapeutic treatment of those diseases.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zou, Yue
Commitee: Musich, Phillip H., Rusinof, Antonio E., Thewke, Douglas P., Zou, Yue
School: East Tennessee State University
Department: Biomedical Sciences
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: DAI-B 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Pharmacology, Biochemistry
Keywords: ATR, Ca2+, Ionomyan, NDDA, Necrosis, PARP1
Publication Number: 13830142
ISBN: 978-0-438-79074-2
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