Human DNA helicase B (HDHB) binds to replication protein A and facilitates cellular recovery from replication stress.

Guler GD, Liu H, Vaithiyalingam S, Arnett DR, Kremmer E, Chazin WJ, Fanning E
J Biol Chem. 2012 287 (9): 6469-81

PMID: 22194613 · PMCID: PMC3307258 · DOI:10.1074/jbc.M111.324582

Maintenance of genomic stability in proliferating cells depends on a network of proteins that coordinate chromosomal replication with DNA damage responses. Human DNA helicase B (HELB or HDHB) has been implicated in chromosomal replication, but its role in this coordinated network remains undefined. Here we report that cellular exposure to UV irradiation, camptothecin, or hydroxyurea induces accumulation of HDHB on chromatin in a dose- and time-dependent manner, preferentially in S phase cells. Replication stress-induced recruitment of HDHB to chromatin is independent of checkpoint signaling but correlates with the level of replication protein A (RPA) recruited to chromatin. We show using purified proteins that HDHB physically interacts with the N-terminal domain of the RPA 70-kDa subunit (RPA70N). NMR spectroscopy and site-directed mutagenesis reveal that HDHB docks on the same RPA70N surface that recruits S phase checkpoint signaling proteins to chromatin. Consistent with this pattern of recruitment, cells depleted of HDHB display reduced recovery from replication stress.

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Amino Acid Sequence Chromosomes DNA Damage DNA Helicases DNA Replication HCT116 Cells HeLa Cells Humans Molecular Sequence Data Mutagenesis, Site-Directed Osteosarcoma Protein Folding Protein Interaction Domains and Motifs Replication Protein A S Phase Cell Cycle Checkpoints Stress, Physiological

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