RNF19A-mediated ubiquitination of BARD1 prevents BRCA1/BARD1-dependent homologous recombination

Qian Zhu, Jinzhou Huang, Hongyang Huang, Huan Li, Peiqiang Yi, Jake A. Kloeber, Jian Yuan, Yuping Chen, Min Deng, Kuntian Luo, Ming Gao, Guijie Guo, Xinyi Tu, Ping Yin, Yong Zhang, Jun Su, Jiayi Chen, Zhenkun Lou

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BRCA1-BARD1 heterodimers act in multiple steps during homologous recombination (HR) to ensure the prompt repair of DNA double strand breaks. Dysfunction of the BRCA1 pathway enhances the therapeutic efficiency of poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPi) in cancers, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this sensitization to PARPi are not fully understood. Here, we show that cancer cell sensitivity to PARPi is promoted by the ring between ring fingers (RBR) protein RNF19A. We demonstrate that RNF19A suppresses HR by ubiquitinating BARD1, which leads to dissociation of BRCA1-BARD1 complex and exposure of a nuclear export sequence in BARD1 that is otherwise masked by BRCA1, resulting in the export of BARD1 to the cytoplasm. We provide evidence that high RNF19A expression in breast cancer compromises HR and increases sensitivity to PARPi. We propose that RNF19A modulates the cancer cell response to PARPi by negatively regulating the BRCA1-BARD1 complex and inhibiting HR-mediated DNA repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6653
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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