Title

Cell-type-specific level of DNA nucleotide excision repair in primary human mammary and ovarian epithelial cell cultures

ISBN or ISSN

0302-766X

Publication Title

Cell and tissue research

Volume

333

Issue

3

Publication Date / Copyright Date

9-1-2008

First Page

461

Last Page

467

Publisher

Springer-Verlag.

DOI Number

10.1007/s00441-008-0645-1

Abstract

DNA repair, a fundamental function of cellular metabolism, has long been presumed to be constitutive and equivalent in all cells. However, we have previously shown that normal levels of nucleotide excision repair (NER) can vary by 20-fold in a tissue-specific pattern. We have now successfully established primary cultures of normal ovarian tissue from seven women by using a novel culture system originally developed for breast epithelial cells. Epithelial cells in these cultures aggregated to form three-dimensional structures called "attached ovarian epispheres". The availability of these actively proliferating cell cultures allowed us to measure NER functionally and quantitatively by the unscheduled DNA synthesis (UDS) assay, a clinical test used to diagnose constitutive deficiencies in NER capacity. We determined that ovarian epithelial cells manifested an intermediate level of NER capacity in humans, viz., only 25% of that of foreskin fibroblasts, but still 2.5-fold higher than that of peripheral blood lymphocytes. This level of DNA repair capacity was indistinguishable from that of normal breast epithelial cells, suggesting that it might be characteristic of the epithelial cell type. Similar levels of NER activity were observed in cultures established from a disease-free known carrier of a BRCA1 truncation mutation, consistent with previous normal results shown in breast epithelium and blood lymphocytes. These results establish that at least three "normal" levels of such DNA repair occur in human tissues, and that NER capacity is epigenetically regulated during cell differentiation and development.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Keywords

Adult, Age Factors, BRCA1 Protein, Cell Culture Techniques, Cell Proliferation, Cells, Cultured, DNA Repair, Epithelial Cells, Female, Fibroblasts, Heterozygote, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Lymphocytes, Male, Mammary Glands, Human, Middle Aged, Mutation, Ovary, Young Adult