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Repriming replication roadblocks

Jun. 12, 2017—New findings shed light on how enzymes that replicate DNA skip over mutations that might cause cancer and restart DNA synthesis further away.

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Team identifies ‘switch’ involved in DNA replication  

Feb. 23, 2017—DNA replication is an extraordinarily complex multi-step process that makes copies of the body’s genetic blueprint. It is necessary for growth and essential to life. Now researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Vanderbilt University have found evidence that one of those steps may involve the telephone-like transmission of electrical signals regulated by a chemical “switch.”

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DNA damage response protein

Oct. 21, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have determined that a previously uncharacterized protein responds to DNA replication stress and has an essential role in maintaining the integrity of the genome.

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Mechanism of a DNA repair protein

Apr. 15, 2016—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered details about the mechanism of an important DNA repair protein that maintains genome stability.

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Copying chromosome caps

Jan. 8, 2016—Telomeres – the caps on the end of chromosomes – are a source of stress for a particular protein involved in copying DNA, a new study reports.

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Study helps clarify components of DNA ‘copy machine’

Nov. 12, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators have generated a “parts list” for the molecular machinery that duplicates DNA each time a cell divides. The research has implications for cancer therapies that target components of this machinery.

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Study reveals how protein helps cells tolerate DNA damage

Jul. 16, 2015—Vanderbilt and Stanford investigators have discovered how a protein that's part of the DNA replication "machinery" helps cells tolerate DNA damage.

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Repair protein’s DNA recognition motif

May. 23, 2014—Insights into the workings of DNA damage response proteins such as SMARCAL1 could suggest new ways to improve genome integrity and prevent cancer.

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Bypassing DNA damage

May. 9, 2014—Studies of a human polymerase that replicates DNA have provided a complete kinetic and structural framework for understanding how the enzyme accurately bypasses DNA damage.

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VU study sheds new light on DNA replication

Nov. 7, 2013—David Cortez, Ph.D., and his Vanderbilt colleagues report new findings that shed light on fundamental processes involved in DNA replication and have implications for cancer therapies that target these processes.

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New view of DNA processing ‘hub’

Jan. 23, 2013—Structural studies reveal a new framework for understanding a central player in DNA processing.

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iPOND method goes fishing for proteins

Mar. 19, 2012—A new tool will allow researchers to identify proteins involved in DNA replication and damage repair, processes that go awry in cancer.

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