DNA repair endonuclease ERCC1-XPF as a novel therapeutic target to overcome chemoresistance in cancer therapy

Ewan M. McNeil, David W. Melton

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The ERCC1-XPF complex is a structure-specific endonuclease essential for the repair of DNA damage by the nucleotide excision repair pathway. It is also involved in other key cellular processes, including DNA interstrand crosslink (ICL) repair and DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair. New evidence has recently emerged, increasing our understanding of its requirement in these additional roles. In this review, we focus on the protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions made by the ERCC1 and XPF proteins and discuss how these coordinate ERCC1-XPF in its various roles. In a number of different cancers, high expression of ERCC1 has been linked to a poor response to platinum-based chemotherapy. We discuss prospects for the development of DNA repair inhibitors that target the activity, stability or protein interactions of the ERCC1-XPF complex as a novel therapeutic strategy to overcome chemoresistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9990-10004
Number of pages15
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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