Thomas Schleker

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Oncogene-induced replicative stress activates an Atr- and Chk1-dependent response, which has been proposed to be widespread in tumors. We explored whether the presence of replicative stress could be exploited for the selective elimination of cancer cells. To this end, we evaluated the impact of targeting the replicative stress-response on cancer(More)
The yeast checkpoint kinases Mec1 and Rad53 are required for genomic stability in the presence of replicative stress. When replication forks stall, the stable maintenance of replisome components requires the ATR kinase Mec1/Ddc2 and the RecQ helicase Sgs1. It was unclear whether either Mec1 or Sgs1 action requires the checkpoint effector kinase, Rad53. By(More)
Activated oncogenes induce compensatory tumour-suppressive responses, such as cellular senescence or apoptosis, but the signals determining the main outcome remain to be fully understood. Here, we uncover a role for Cdk2 (cyclin-dependent kinase 2) in suppressing Myc-induced senescence. Short-term activation of Myc promoted cell-cycle progression in either(More)
In budding yeast the evolutionarily conserved checkpoint response varies in its sensitivity to DNA damaging agents through the cell cycle. Specifically, higher amounts of damage are needed to activate the downstream checkpoint kinase Rad53 in S-phase cells. We examined here whether phosphorylation of Rad53 itself by cell cycle-dedicated kinases regulates(More)
BACKGROUND Chromatin remodeling complexes facilitate the access of enzymes that mediate transcription, replication or repair of DNA by modulating nucleosome position and/or composition. Ino80 is the DNA-dependent Snf2-like ATPase subunit of a complex whose nucleosome remodeling activity requires actin-related proteins, Arp4, Arp5 and Arp8, as well as two(More)
Histones of heterochromatin are deacetylated in yeast and methylated in more complex eukaryotes to regulate heterochromatin structure and gene silencing. Here, we report that histone H2A phosphorylated at serine 129 (γH2A) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a conceptually new type of heterochromatin modification that functions downstream of silent chromatin(More)
DNA damage during replication requires an integration of checkpoint response with replication itself and distinct repair pathways, such as replication pausing, recombination and translesion synthesis. Here we focus on recent advances in our understanding of how protein posttranslational modifications contribute to the maintenance of fork integrity. In(More)
The regulation of chromatin mobility in response to DNA damage is important for homologous recombination in yeast. Anchorage reduces rates of recombination, whereas increased chromatin mobility correlates with more efficient homology search. Here we tracked the mobility and localization of spontaneous S-phase lesions bound by Rad52, and find that these foci(More)
Derived from candidate sequences of a barley EST database two proteins with homology to the coiled coil region of the human kinetochore protein (KP) CENP-E were generated and classified as centromere protein E-like 1 and 2 (Cpel1 and Cpel2). Specific antibodies produced against recombinant Cpel1 and Cpel2 proteins labeled the centromere on mitotic(More)
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