RNF8- and Ube2S-Dependent Ubiquitin Lysine 11-Linkage Modification in Response to DNA Damage

Atanu Paul, Bin Wang

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Ubiquitin modification of proteins plays pivotal roles in the cellular response to DNA damage. Given the complexity of ubiquitin conjugation due to the formation of poly-conjugates of different linkages, functional roles of linkage-specific ubiquitin modification at DNA damage sites are largely unclear. We identify that Lys11-linkage ubiquitin modification occurs at DNA damage sites in an ATM-dependent manner, and ubiquitin-modifying enzymes, including Ube2S E2-conjugating enzyme and RNF8 E3 ligase, are responsible for the assembly of Lys11-linkage conjugates on damaged chromatin, including histone H2A/H2AX. We show that RNF8- and Ube2S-dependent Lys11-linkage ubiquitin conjugation plays an important role in regulating DNA damage-induced transcriptional silencing, distinct from the role of Lys63-linkage ubiquitin in the recruitment of DNA damage repair proteins 53BP1 and BRCA1. Thus, our study highlights the importance of linkage-specific ubiquitination at DNA damage sites, and it reveals that Lys11-linkage ubiquitin modification plays a crucial role in the DNA damage response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-472.e5
JournalMolecular cell
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 18 2017


  • DNA damage response
  • RNF8
  • Ube2S
  • double strand breaks
  • histone H2A/H2AX
  • ionizing radiation
  • transcription inhibition
  • ubiquitin
  • ubiquitin lysine 11-linkage
  • ubiquitin lysine 63-linkage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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