Replication can be arrested by DNA damage or by naturally occurring DNA secondary structures. We are particularly interested in translesion synthesis (TLS), which is mediated by specialised DNA polymerases and which is required for replication of both DNA damage and a particular secondary structure called a G quadruplex. Although TLS is potentially mutagenic it plays a critical role in normal cells and understanding its control is central to understanding cell transformation.
We study these processes using the powerful combination of vertebrate somatic cell genetics coupled with biochemical, biophysical and advanced optical microscopy techniques to monitor the molecular choreography of proteins and DNA at sites of stalled replication.
- Murat P, Guilbaud G, Sale JE. (2020)
DNA polymerase stalling at structured DNA constrains the expansion of short tandem repeats.
Genome Biol. 21(1): 209. doi: 10.1186/s13059-020-02124-x.
- Lerner LK, Holzer S, Kilkenny ML, Šviković S, Murat P, Schiavone D, Eldridge CB, Bittleston A, Maman JD, Branzei D, Stott K, Pellegrini L, Sale JE. (2020)
Timeless couples G-quadruplex detection with processing by DDX11 helicase during DNA replication.
EMBO J., e104185 doi: 10.15252/embj.2019104185. Online ahead of print.
- Šviković, S., et. al. (2019)
R-loop formation during S phase is restricted by PrimPol-mediated repriming.
EMBO J. 38(3): pii: e99793, doi:10.15252/embj.201899793.
- Lerner, L.K. and Sale, J.E. (2019)
Replication of G quadruplex DNA.
Genes (Basel) 10(2): pii E95. doi: 10.3390/genes10020095.
- Colette Baxter
- Alastair Crisp
- Guillaume Guilbaud
- Jedrzej Jaworski
- Christopher Mellor
- Pierre Murat
- Consuelo Perez
- Lucy Walker