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Specific transcriptional responses induced by 8-methoxypsoralen and UVA in yeast


  • Present address: Waka Lin, Riken Discovery Institute, Genetic System Regulation Laboratory, Hirosawa 2-1, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan.

  • Editor: André Goffeau

Correspondence: Michèle Dardalhon, Institut Curie Section de Recherche, UMR2027 CNRS/I.C., INSERM, LCR n°28 CEA, Centre Universitaire d'Orsay, Bât. 110, F- 91405 Orsay Cedex, France. Tel.: +33 1 69 86 71 92; fax: +33 1 69 86 94 29; e-mail: michele.dardalhon@curie.u-psud.fr


Treatment of eukaryotic cells with 8-methoxypsoralen plus UVA irradiation (8-MOP/UVA) induces pyrimidine monoadducts and interstrand crosslinks and initiates a cascade of events leading to cytotoxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic responses. Transcriptional activation plays an important part in these responses. Our previous study in Saccharomyces cerevisiae showed that the repair of these lesions involves the transient formation of DNA double-strand breaks and the enhanced expression of landmark DNA damage response genes such as RAD51, RNR2 and DUN1, as well as the Mec1/Rad53 kinase signaling cascade. We have now used DNA microarrays to examine genome-wide transcriptional changes produced after induction of 8-MOP/UVA photolesions. We found that 128 genes were strongly induced and 29 genes strongly repressed. Modifications in gene expression concern numerous biological processes. Compared to other genotoxic treatments, c. 42% of the response genes were specific to 8-MOP/UVA treatment. In addition to common DNA damage response genes and genes induced by environmental stresses, a large fraction of 8-MOP/UVA response genes correspond to membrane-related functions.