Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
Emerging Roles for Ciz1 in Cell Cycle Regulation and as a Driver of Tumorigenesis
Previous Article in Journal
Epigenetic Impact on EBV Associated B-Cell Lymphomagenesis
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessFeature PaperReview
Biomolecules 2016, 6(4), 47; doi:10.3390/biom6040047

Repair of DNA Double-Strand Breaks in Heterochromatin

Genome Damage and Stability Centre, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RR , UK
Academic Editor: Rob de Bruin
Received: 18 October 2016 / Revised: 25 November 2016 / Accepted: 5 December 2016 / Published: 16 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chromosome Maintenance)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [2492 KB, uploaded 16 December 2016]   |  


DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are among the most damaging lesions in DNA, since, if not identified and repaired, they can lead to insertions, deletions or chromosomal rearrangements. DSBs can be in the form of simple or complex breaks, and may be repaired by one of a number of processes, the nature of which depends on the complexity of the break or the position of the break within the chromatin. In eukaryotic cells, nuclear DNA is maintained as either euchromatin (EC) which is loosely packed, or in a denser form, much of which is heterochromatin (HC). Due to the less accessible nature of the DNA in HC as compared to that in EC, repair of damage in HC is not as straightforward as repair in EC. Here we review the literature on how cells deal with DSBs in HC. View Full-Text
Keywords: HP1; 53BP1; BRCA1; γH2AX; homologous recombination; c-NHEJ; alt-NHEJ HP1; 53BP1; BRCA1; γH2AX; homologous recombination; c-NHEJ; alt-NHEJ

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Watts, F.Z. Repair of DNA Double-Strand Breaks in Heterochromatin. Biomolecules 2016, 6, 47.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Biomolecules EISSN 2218-273X Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top