Patrick L. Garcia

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The product of the gene mutated in Bloom's syndrome, BLM, is a 3'-5' DNA helicase belonging to the highly conserved RecQ family. In addition to a conventional DNA strand separation activity, BLM catalyzes both the disruption of non-B-form DNA, such as G-quadruplexes, and the branch migration of Holliday junctions. Here, we have characterized a new activity(More)
Proteins belonging to the highly conserved RecQ helicase family are essential for the maintenance of genomic stability. Here, we describe the biochemical properties of the human RECQ5beta protein. Like BLM and WRN, RECQ5beta is an ATP-dependent 3'-5' DNA helicase that can promote migration of Holliday junctions. However, RECQ5beta required the(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms underlying progressive renal fibrosis are unknown, but the common association of fibrosis and microvascular loss suggests that hypoxia per se may be a fibrogenic stimulus. METHODS To determine whether human renal fibroblasts (HRFs), the primary matrix-producing cells in the tubulointerstitium, possess oxygen-sensitive responses(More)
Bloom syndrome protein forms an oligomeric ring structure and belongs to a group of DNA helicases showing extensive homology to the Escherichia coli DNA helicase RecQ, a suppressor of illegitimate recombination. After over-production in E.coli, we have purified the RecQ core of BLM consisting of the DEAH, RecQ-Ct and HRDC domains (amino acid residues(More)
Werner syndrome (WS) is a severe recessive disorder characterized by premature aging, cancer predisposition and genomic instability. The gene mutated in WS encodes a bi-functional enzyme called WRN that acts as a RecQ-type DNA helicase and a 3'-5' exonuclease, but its exact role in DNA metabolism is poorly understood. Here we show that WRN physically(More)
Bloom's syndrome is a hereditary cancer-predisposition disorder resulting from mutations in the BLM gene. In humans, BLM encodes one of five members of the RecQ helicase family. One function of BLM is to act in concert with topoisomerase IIIalpha (TOPO IIIalpha) to resolve recombination intermediates containing double Holliday junctions by a process called(More)
The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the antitumor efficacy of the bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patient-derived xenograft (tumorgraft) models. A secondary aim of the study was to evaluate whether JQ1 decreases expression of the oncogene c-Myc in PDAC tumors, as has been reported for other tumor types. We used(More)
Bloom (BLM) and Werner (WRN) syndrome proteins are members of the RecQ family of SF2 DNA helicases. In this paper, we show that restricting the rotational DNA backbone flexibility, by introducing vinylphosphonate internucleotide linkages in the translocating DNA strand, inhibits efficient duplex unwinding by these enzymes. The human single-stranded DNA(More)
The mechanisms underlying the progressive fibrosis that characterises end-stage renal disease in vivo remain to be established but hypoxia, as a result of microvascular injury and loss, has been suggested to play an important role. In support of this hypothesis, in vitro studies show that hypoxia (1% O(2)) induces a fibrogenic phenotype in human renal(More)