Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 22240080
Biochem. J. 2012 Apr;443(2):485-90
pAp (3′-5′ phosphoadenosine phosphate) is a by-product of sulfur and lipid metabolism and has been shown to have strong inhibitory properties on RNA catabolism. In the present paper we report a new target of pAp, PARP-1 [poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1], a key enzyme in the detection of DNA single-strand breaks. We show that pAp can interact with PARP-1 and inhibit its poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation activity. In vitro, inhibition of PARP-1 was detectable at micromolar concentrations of pAp and altered both PARP-1 automodification and heteromodification of histones. Analysis of the kinetic parameters revealed that pAp acted as a mixed inhibitor that modulated both the Km and the Vmax of PARP-1. In addition, we showed that upon treatment with lithium, a very potent inhibitor of the enzyme responsible for pAp recycling, HeLa cells exhibited a reduced level of poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation in response to oxidative stress. From these results, we propose that pAp might be a physiological regulator of PARP-1 activity.