Human SNM1B is required for normal cellular response to both DNA interstrand crosslink-inducing agents and ionizing radiation

Oncogene. 2004 Nov 11;23(53):8611-8. doi: 10.1038/sj.onc.1207895.


DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) are critical lesions for the mammalian cell since they affect both DNA strands and block transcription and replication. The repair of ICLs in the mammalian cell involves components of different repair pathways such as nucleotide-excision repair and the double-strand break/homologous recombination repair pathways. However, the mechanistic details of mammalian ICL repair have not been fully delineated. We describe here the complete coding sequence and the genomic organization of hSNM1B, one of at least three human homologs of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae PSO2 gene. Depletion of hSNM1B by RNA interference rendered cells hypersensitive to ICL-inducing agents. This requirement for hSNM1B in the cellular response to ICL has been hypothesized before but never experimentally verified. In addition, siRNA knockdown of hSNM1B rendered cells sensitive to ionizing radiation, suggesting the possibility of hSNM1B involvement in homologous recombination repair of double-strand breaks arising as intermediates of ICL repair. Monoubiquitination of FANCD2, a key step in the FANC/BRCA pathway, is not affected in hSNM1B-depleted HeLa cells, indicating that hSNM1B is probably not a part of the Fanconi anemia core complex. Nonetheless, similarities in the phenotype of hSNM1B-depleted cells and cultured cells from patients suffering from Fanconi anemia make hSNM1B a candidate for one of the as yet unidentified Fanconi anemia genes not involved in monoubiquitination of FANCD2.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Transformed
  • Chromosomal Instability / drug effects
  • Cisplatin / pharmacology
  • Cross-Linking Reagents / pharmacology*
  • DNA / drug effects
  • DNA / metabolism*
  • DNA / radiation effects
  • DNA Damage / drug effects
  • DNA Damage / radiation effects
  • DNA Repair Enzymes
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / deficiency
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Exodeoxyribonucleases
  • Fanconi Anemia Complementation Group D2 Protein
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Mitomycin / pharmacology
  • Nuclear Proteins / deficiency
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism*
  • RNA Interference
  • RNA, Small Interfering / genetics
  • RNA, Small Interfering / metabolism
  • Radiation Tolerance
  • Radiation, Ionizing
  • Ubiquitin / metabolism


  • Cross-Linking Reagents
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • FANCD2 protein, human
  • Fanconi Anemia Complementation Group D2 Protein
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • Ubiquitin
  • Mitomycin
  • DNA
  • DCLRE1B protein, human
  • Exodeoxyribonucleases
  • DNA Repair Enzymes
  • Cisplatin