Roles of the C-terminal domains of topoisomerase IIα and topoisomerase IIβ in regulation of the decatenation checkpoint

Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Jun 2;45(10):5995-6010. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx325.


Topoisomerase (topo) IIα and IIβ maintain genome stability and are targets for anti-tumor drugs. In this study, we demonstrate that the decatenation checkpoint is regulated, not only by topo IIα, as previously reported, but also by topo IIβ. The decatenation checkpoint is most efficient when both isoforms are present. Regulation of this checkpoint and sensitivity to topo II-targeted drugs is influenced by the C-terminal domain (CTD) of the topo II isoforms and by a conserved non-catalytic tyrosine, Y640 in topo IIα and Y656 in topo IIβ. Deletion of most of the CTD of topo IIα, while preserving the nuclear localization signal (NLS), enhances the decatenation checkpoint and sensitivity to topo II-targeted drugs. In contrast, deletion of most of the CTD of topo IIβ, while preserving the NLS, and mutation of Y640 in topo IIα and Y656 in topo IIβ inhibits these activities. Structural studies suggest that the differential impact of the CTD on topo IIα and topo IIβ function may be due to differences in CTD charge distribution and differential alignment of the CTD with reference to transport DNA. Together these results suggest that topo IIα and topo IIβ cooperate to maintain genome stability, which may be distinctly modulated by their CTDs.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / chemistry*
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / drug effects
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / genetics
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / physiology
  • Cell Cycle Checkpoints / physiology*
  • Cell Line
  • Chromosomal Instability / physiology*
  • DNA Damage
  • DNA Topoisomerases, Type II / chemistry*
  • DNA Topoisomerases, Type II / drug effects
  • DNA Topoisomerases, Type II / genetics
  • DNA Topoisomerases, Type II / physiology
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / chemistry*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / drug effects
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / physiology
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
  • Fibroblasts
  • HL-60 Cells
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mutagenesis, Site-Directed
  • Protein Domains
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Topoisomerase II Inhibitors / pharmacology


  • Antigens, Neoplasm
  • DNA, Complementary
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
  • DNA Topoisomerases, Type II