Cells from patients with Fanconi anemia (FA) show decreased viability and decreased chromosome stability after treatment with DNA cross-linking agents, compared to normal cells. FA cells also show a relative accumulation at the G2/M transition after such treatment. This has suggested a possible checkpoint abnormality. In the studies presented here, treatment with hydroxyurea, caffeine or inhibitors of cell cycle kinases did not reveal abnormalities in survival or chromosome stability in FA-A or FA-D cells. Chromosomal breaks introduced by hydrogen peroxide or methyl methanesulfonate accumulated to the same extent in FA-A or FA-D cells as in normal cells. We conclude that FA-A and FA-D cells respond normally to agents known to alter the cell cycle or introduce DNA strand breaks. FA cells process strand breaks and a variety of DNA monoadducts normally. Our results are compatible with repair of DNA crosslinks being slower in FA than in normal cells and FA cells having normal cell cycle checkpoints.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Somatic Cell and Molecular Genetics|
|State||Published - Nov 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology