Molecular Mechanism of DNA Damage Recognition for Global Genomic Nucleotide Excision Repair: A Defense System Against UV-Induced Skin Cancer

  • Kaoru SugasawaEmail author


Nucleotide excision repair (NER) is a versatile DNA repair pathway responsible for removal of ultraviolet light (UV)-induced DNA photolesions from the genome. In mammals, NER operating throughout the genome decreases the risk of UV-induced mutagenesis arising due to DNA translesion synthesis across photolesions on template DNA strands and thereby contributes to suppression of skin cancer. Lesion recognition for global genomic NER relies on multiple xeroderma pigmentosum (XP)-related protein factors, XPC, UV-DDB, TFIIH, and XPA, each of which probes for a different aspect of abnormal DNA structure. A combination of diverse strategies is likely required to achieve the broad substrate specificity, efficiency, and accuracy of this DNA repair system. To regulate this elaborate system in vivo, post-translational protein modifications, such as ubiquitination, and higher-order chromatin structures also play important roles.


Nucleotide excision repair Xeroderma pigmentosum DNA damage recognition XPC UV-DDB Transcription factor IIH (TFIIH) XPA Ubiquitination Chromatin Histone 



The author’s work was supported by Grants-in-Aid from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers JP23116008, JP16H06307, and JP16H01311) to K.S.


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