Oct 24, 2018

Arginine methylation of DDX5 RGG/RG motif by PRMT5 regulates RNA/DNA resolution.

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Stephane RichardJean-Yves Masson


Aberrant transcription-associated RNA:DNA hybrid (R-loop) formation often lead to catastrophic conflicts during replication resulting in DNA double strand breaks and genome instability. To prevent such conflicts, these hybrids require dissolution by helicases and/or RNaseH. Little information is known about how these helicases are regulated. Herein, we identify DDX5, an RGG/RG motif containing DEAD-box family of RNA helicase, as a crucial player in R-loop resolution. We define at the mechanistic level the function of DDX5 in R-loop resolution. In vitro, recombinant DDX5 resolves R-loops in an ATP-dependent manner leading to R-loop degradation by the XRN2 exoribonuclease. DDX5 deficient cells accumulated R-loops at loci known to form R-loops using RNA:DNA immunoprecipitation (DRIP)-qPCR and increased RNaseH sensitive RAD51 foci. PRMT5, an arginine methyltransferase, associated with DDX5 and methylated its RGG/RG motif. This motif was required to associate with XRN2 and resolve cellular R-loops. Furthermore, PRMT5 deficient cells accumulated R-loops, as detected by DRIP-qPCR resulting in increased γH2AX foci. Our findings define a new mechanism by which an RNA helicase, DDX5, is modulated by arginine methylation to resolve R-loops.

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Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
H2AFX gene
H2AFX wt Allele
Protein Methylation
Arginine methyltransferase
Virus Replication
Physiologic Resolution

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