Bod1l is required to suppress deleterious resection of stressed replication forks

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  • Alicja Winczura
  • AN Blackford
  • Valerie Borel
  • Edward Miller
  • Jadwiga Nieminuszczy
  • Ellis Ryan
  • Simon Boulton
  • Wojciech Niedzwiedz
  • Grant Stewart

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Oxford
  • London Res Inst


Recognition, repair and restart of damaged replication forks are essential for maintaining genome stability, and are coordinated by the combined action of the Fanconi Anaemia and homologous recombination pathways. A vital function of these pathways is to protect stalled replication forks from uncontrolled nucleolytic activity, which may otherwise cause irreparable damage to the genome. Here we identify BOD1L as a component of a replication fork protection pathway that safeguards genome stability after replication stress. Loss of BOD1L in cells confers exquisite sensitivity to replication stress and uncontrolled resection of damaged replication forks due to a failure to stabilise Rad51 at sites of damage. Blocking DNA2-dependent resection or down regulation of the BLM and Fbh1 helicases suppresses catastrophic fork processing and the accumulation of gross chromosomal damage in BOD1L deficient cells. Thus, our work implicates BOD1L as a critical regulator of genomic integrity that restrains nucleolytic degradation of damaged replication forks.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-477
JournalMolecular Cell
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2015