53BP1 cooperates with p53 and functions as a haploinsufficient tumor suppressor in mice

Irene M. Ward, Simone Difilippantonio, Kay Minn, Melissa D. Mueller, Julian R. Molina, Xiaochun Yu, Craig S. Frisk, Thomas Ried, Andre Nussenzweig, Junjie Chen

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p53 binding protein 1 (53BP1) is a putative DNA damage sensor that accumulates at sites of double-strand breaks (DSBs) in a manner dependent on histone H2AX. Here we show that the loss of one or both copies of 53BP1 greatly accelerates lymphomagenesis in a p53-null background, suggesting that 53BP1 and p53 cooperate in tumor suppression. A subset of 53BP1-/- p53 -/- lymphomas, like those in H2AX-/- p53-/- mice, were diploid and harbored clonal translocations involving antigen receptor loci, indicating misrepair of DSBs during V(D)J recombination as one cause of oncogenic transformation. Loss of a single 53BP1 allele compromised genomic stability and DSB repair, which could explain the susceptibility of 53BP1 +/- mice to tumorigenesis. In addition to structural aberrations, there were high rates of chromosomal missegregation and accumulation of aneuploid cells in 53BP1-/- p53+/+ and 53BP1-/- p53-/- tumors as well as in primary 53BP1-/- splenocytes. We conclude that 53BP1 functions as a dosage-dependent caretaker that promotes genomic stability by a mechanism that preserves chromosome structure and number.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10079-10086
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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