Germline alterations in the 53BP1 gene in breast and ovarian cancer families.

The conserved TP53-binding protein 1 (53BP1) is a central mediator of the DNA damage checkpoint and appears to be one of the sensors of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). Improper processing of DSBs can result in loss or rearrangement of genetic information, leading to cell death or tumorigenesis. 53BP1 interacts with both TP53 and ATM, key proteins involved… CONTINUE READING