Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 138, Issue 1–2, pp 53–59 | Cite as

Histone shuttling by poly ADP-ribosylation

  • Felix R. Althaus
  • Liane Höfferer
  • Hanna E. Kleczkowska
  • Maria Malanga
  • Hanspeter Naegeli
  • Phyllis L. Panzeter
  • Claudio A. Realini
Part II: Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation B. Polymer Regulation


The enzymes poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase and poly(ADP-ribose) glycohydrolase may cooperate to drive a histone shuttle mechanism in chromatin. The mechanism is triggered by binding of the N-terminal zinc-finger domain of the polymerase to DNA strand breaks, which activates the catalytic activities residing in the C-terminal domain. The polymerase converts into a protein carrying multiple ADP-ribose polymers which displace histones from DNA by specifically targeting the histone tails responsible for DNA condensation. As a result, the domains surrounding DNA strand breaks become accessible to other proteins. Poly(ADP0ribose) glycohydrolase attacks ADP-ribose polymers in a specific order and thereby releases histones for reassociation with DNA. Increasing evidence from different model systems suggests that histone shuttling participates in DNA repairin vivo as a catalyst for nucleosomal unfolding.

Key words

poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase poly(ADP-ribose) glycohydrolase DNA repair chromatin nucleosomal unfolding NAD+ 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felix R. Althaus
    • 1
  • Liane Höfferer
    • 1
  • Hanna E. Kleczkowska
    • 1
  • Maria Malanga
    • 1
  • Hanspeter Naegeli
    • 1
  • Phyllis L. Panzeter
    • 1
  • Claudio A. Realini
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Pharmacology and ToxicologyUniversity of Zürich-TierspitalZürichSwitzerland

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