Analysis of the DNA replication competence of the xrs-5 mutant cells defective in Ku86.

Journal of cell science

PubMedID: 12456721

Matheos D, Novac O, Price GB, Zannis-Hadjopoulos M. Analysis of the DNA replication competence of the xrs-5 mutant cells defective in Ku86. J Cell Sci. 2003;116(Pt 1):111-24.
The radiosensitive mutant xrs-5, a derivative of the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) K1 cell line, is defective in DNA double-strand break repair and V(D)J recombination. The defective phenotypes of xrs-5 cells are complemented by the 86 kDa subunit of Ku antigen. OBA is a protein, previously purified from HeLa cells, that binds in a sequence-specific manner to mammalian origins of DNA replication. The DNA-binding subunit of OBA has been identified as Ku86. We tested the xrs-5 cell line for its ability to replicate a mammalian origin-containing plasmid, p186, in vivo and in vitro. In vivo, the p186 episomal DNA replication in transfected xrs-5 cells was reduced by 45% when compared with the CHO K1 cells transfected with p186. In vitro, although total and cytoplasmic cell extracts from xrs-5 cells replicated the p186 with the same efficiency as the parental CHO K1 cell extracts, xrs-5 nuclear extracts did not possess any detectable replication activity. Addition of affinity-purified OBA/Ku restored replication in the xrs-5 nuclear extract reaction. Western blot analyses showed that the levels of other replication proteins (Orc2, PCNA, DNA polymerase epsilon and delta, Primase and Topoisomerase IIalpha) were comparable in both the xrs-5 mutant and CHO K1 wild-type cell lines. In addition, the in vivo association of Ku with the DHFR origin-containing sequence (oribeta) was examined in both the CHO K1 and xrs-5 cell lines by a chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay. Anti-Ku antibodies did not immunoprecipitate a detectable amount of Ku from the xrs-5 cells in the origin-containing sequence, in contrast to the CHO K1 cells, wherein Ku was found to be associated with the oribeta origin. The data implicate Ku antigen in in vivo and in vitro DNA replication and suggest the existence of another protein with Ku-like functions in the xrs-5 cells.