RYBP Is a K63-Ubiquitin-Chain-Binding Protein that Inhibits Homologous Recombination Repair Academic Article uri icon

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  • Ring1-YY1-binding protein (RYBP) is a member of the non-canonical polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1), and like other PRC1 members, it is best described as a transcriptional regulator. However, several PRC1 members were recently shown to function in DNA repair. Here, we report that RYBP preferentially binds K63-ubiquitin chains via its Npl4 zinc finger (NZF) domain. Since K63-linked ubiquitin chains are assembled at DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), we examined the contribution of RYBP to DSB repair. Surprisingly, we find that RYBP is K48 polyubiquitylated by RNF8 and rapidly removed from chromatin upon DNA damage by the VCP/p97 segregase. High expression of RYBP competitively inhibits recruitment of BRCA1 repair complex to DSBs, reducing DNA end resection and homologous recombination (HR) repair. Moreover, breast cancer cell lines expressing high endogenous RYBP levels show increased sensitivity to DNA-damaging agents and poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibition. These data suggest that RYBP negatively regulates HR repair by competing for K63-ubiquitin chain binding.


  • Ali, Mahmoud
  • Strickfaden, Hilmar
  • Lee, Brian L
  • Spyracopoulos, Leo
  • Hendzel, Michael J

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  • January 2018