Crosstalk between the nucleotide excision repair and Fanconi anemia/BRCA pathways.

DNA repair

PubMedID: 24768451

Mouw KW, D'Andrea AD. Crosstalk between the nucleotide excision repair and Fanconi anemia/BRCA pathways. DNA Repair (Amst). 2014;.
Cells have evolved multiple distinct DNA repair pathways to efficiently correct a variety of genotoxic lesions, and decades of study have led to an improved understanding of the mechanisms and regulation of these individual pathways. However, there is now an increasing appreciation that extensive crosstalk exists among DNA repair pathways and that this crosstalk serves to increase the efficiency and diversity of response to damage. The Fanconi anemia (FA)/BRCA and nucleotide excision repair (NER) pathways have been shown to share common factors, and often work in concert to repair damage. Genomic studies are now revealing that many tumors harbor somatic mutations in FA/BRCA or NER genes, which may provide a growth advantage, but which could also be exploited therapeutically.