Role of lamin b1 in chromatin instability. Academic Article uri icon


  • Nuclear lamins play important roles in the organization and structure of the nucleus; however, the specific mechanisms linking lamin structure to nuclear functions are poorly defined. We demonstrate that reducing nuclear lamin B1 expression by short hairpin RNA-mediated silencing in cancer cell lines to approximately 50% of normal levels causes a delay in the cell cycle and accumulation of cells in early S phase. The S phase delay appears to be due to the stalling and collapse of replication forks. The double-strand DNA breaks resulting from replication fork collapse were inefficiently repaired, causing persistent DNA damage signaling and the assembly of extensive repair foci on chromatin. The expression of multiple factors involved in DNA replication and repair by both nonhomologous end joining and homologous repair is misregulated when lamin B1 levels are reduced. We further demonstrate that lamin B1 interacts directly with the promoters of some genes associated with DNA damage response and repair, including BRCA1 and RAD51. Taken together, the results suggest that the maintenance of lamin B1 levels is required for DNA replication and repair through regulation of the expression of key factors involved in these essential nuclear functions.

publication date

  • March 2015