Christine Abaji

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The breast/ovarian cancer susceptibility proteins BRCA1 and BRCA2 maintain genome stability, at least in part, through a functional role in DNA damage repair. They both colocalize with RAD51 at sites of DNA damage/replication and activate RAD51-mediated homologous recombination repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSB). Whereas BRCA2 interacts directly with(More)
Mutations in the mismatch repair (MMR) genes hMSH2 and hMLH1 have been associated with hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer. Tumor cell lines that are deficient in MMR exhibit a high mutation rate, a defect in the response to certain types of DNA damage and in transcription-coupled repair, as well as an increase in the rate of gene amplification. We(More)
In addition to its well established role in the maintenance of genome integrity by regulating transcription of genes involved in cell cycle arrest and programmed cell death, the tumour suppressor p53 has also been shown to inhibit spontaneous chromosomal homologous recombination (HR) between adjacent transcription units, raising the possibility that p53 may(More)
The breast/ovarian cancer susceptibility proteins BRCA1 and BRCA2 maintain genome stability, at least in part, through a functional role in DNA damage repair. They both colocalize with RAD51 at sites of DNA damage/replication and activate RAD51-mediated homologous recombination repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSB). Whereas BRCA2 interacts directly with(More)
BRCA2 has been implicated in the maintenance of genome stability and RAD51-mediated homologous recombination repair of chromosomal double-strand breaks (DSBs), but its role in these processes is unclear. To gain more insight into its role in homologous recombination, we expressed wild-type BRCA2 in the well-characterized BRCA2-deficient human cell line(More)
We hypothesized that the transcriptome of primary cultures of morphologically normal ovarian surface epithelial cells could be altered by the presence of a heterozygous BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. We aimed to discover early events associated with ovarian carcinogenesis, which could represent putative targets for preventive strategies of this silent killer(More)
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