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Acilan, Ceyda (2007) DNA REPAIR PATHWAYS INVOLVED IN THE FORMATION OF ANAPHASE BRIDGES. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Chromosomal alterations can arise from numerous events, including errors during cell division or repair of damaged DNA. Of these errors, segregational defects such as anaphase bridges and multipolar spindles play a major role in chromosomal instability, leading to tumorigenesis. Bridges can theoretically be produced by several mechanisms including telomere-telomere fusion, persistence of chromatid cohesion into anaphase or repair of broken DNA ends. DNA damage can induce anaphase bridges following exposure to agents such as hydrogen peroxide or ionizing radiation (IR). Our hypothesis is that while the majority of double strand breaks (DSBs) are repaired, to restore the original chromosome structure, incorrect fusion events also occur leading to bridging and that bridge formation allows cells to bypass the apoptotic pathways that are activated in response to DNA damage. To test this, we set out to determine what pathways the cells use to heal the damage and form bridges. Our data suggest that neither of the two major pathways used by the cell for repair of double strand breaks, homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), is required for bridge formation. In fact, the NHEJ pathway seems to play a role in the prevention of bridges. When NHEJ is compromised, the cell appears to use HR to repair the break, resulting in increased anaphase bridge formation. Moreover, intrinsic NHEJ activity of different cell lines appears to be correlated with induction of bridges from DNA damage. Our preliminary data also suggest that cell lines with high levels of bridging are capable of apoptosis, yet further experiments are required to see if blocking bridging can enhance cell death.Multipolar spindles are aberrant mitotic figures when a cell divides into two or more poles, which can lead to uneven segregation of the chromosomes. In our studies, we found that IR treatment can lead to an increase in multipolarity shortly after treatment and changes the distribution of spindle pole components. Initial observations on the splitting of centrosomal proteins following IR treatment are presented.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Acilan,, ceydaacilan@yahoo.comCEA10
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSaunders, Williamwsaund@pitt.eduWSAUND
Committee MemberChapman, Deborahdlc7@pitt.eduDLC7
Committee MemberHatfull, Grahamgfh@pitt.eduGFH
Committee MemberHildebrand, Jeffreyjeffh@pitt.eduJEFFH
Committee MemberWood, Richardrdwood@pitt.eduRDWOOD
Date: 26 January 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 1 December 2006
Approval Date: 26 January 2007
Submission Date: 8 November 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Biological Sciences
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anaphase bridge; double strand DNA break; HR; NHEJ; DNA repair; multipolar spindles
Other ID:, etd-11082006-135315
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:04
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:51


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