Replication stress

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Replication stress is defined as the events that take place when the genome is exposed to various stresses. It typically occurs during DNA replication, and can result in a stalled replication fork.[1] ATM and ATR are proteins that mediate replication stress.[2] Specifically, they are kinases that are recruited and activated by DNA damage.[1][3] The stalled replication fork can collapse if these regulatory proteins fail to stabilize it.[4] When this occurs, reassembly of the fork is initiated in order to repair the damaged DNA end.[4]

Replication fork[edit]

The replication fork consists of a group of proteins that influence the activity of DNA replication. In order for the replication fork to stall, the cell must possess a certain number of stalled forks and arrest length. The replication fork is specifically paused due to the stalling of helicase and polymerase activity, which are linked together. In this situation, the fork protection complex (FPC) is recruited to help maintain this linkage.[5]

In addition to stalling and maintaining the fork structure, protein phosphorylation can also create a signal cascade for replication restart. The protein Mrc1, which is part of the FPC, transmits the checkpoint signal by interacting with kinases throughout the cascade. When there is a loss of these kinases (from replication stress), an excess of ssDNA is produced, which is necessary for the restarting of replication.[6]

Replication block removal[edit]

DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs) cause replicative stress by blocking replicative fork progression. This blockage leads to failure of DNA strand separation and a stalled replication fork. Repair of ICLs can be accomplished by sequential incisions, and homologous recombination. In vertebrate cells, replication of an ICL-containing chromatin template triggers recruitment of more than 90 DNA repair and genome maintenance factors.[7] Analysis of the proteins recruited to stalled replication forks revealed a specific set of DNA repair factors involved in the replication stress response.[7] Among these proteins, SLF1 and SLF2 were found to physically link the SMC5/6 DNA repair protein complex to RAD18. The SMC5/6 complex is employed in homologous recombination, and its linkage to RAD18 likely allows recruitment of SMC5/6 to ubiquitination products at sites of DNA damage.


Replication stress is induced from various endogenous and exogenous stresses, which are regularly introduced to the genome.[8] These stresses include, but are not limited to, DNA damage, excessive compacting of chromatin (preventing replisome access), over-expression of oncogenes, or difficult-to-replicate genome structures.[1][3] Replication stress can lead to genome instability, cancer, and ageing.[9][10] Uncoordinated replication–transcription conflicts and unscheduled R-loop accumulation are significant contributors.[11]

Specific events[edit]

The events that lead to genome instability occur in the cell cycle prior to mitosis, specifically in the S phase. Disturbance to this phase can generate negative effects, such as inaccurate chromosomal segregation, for the upcoming mitotic phase.[8] The two processes that are responsible for damage to the S phase are oncogenic activation and tumor suppressor inactivation. They have both been shown to speed up the transition from the G1 phase to the S phase, leading to inadequate amounts of DNA replicative components. These losses can contribute to the DNA damage response (DDR). Replication stress can be an indicative characteristic for carcinogenesis, which typically lacks DNA repair systems.[12][13] A physiologically short duration of the G1 phase is also typical of fast replicating progenitors during early embryonic development.[14]

Applications in cancer[edit]

Although replication stress has been linked to carcinogenesis, studies have been conducted which show that replication stress could be used as a treatment for cancer. žOne specific study examined how replication stress affected APOBEC3B activity. žAPOBEC3 (apolipoprotein B mRNA editing enzyme, catalytic polypeptide-like 3) has been seen to mutate the cancer genome in various cancer types. žResults from this study show that weakening oncogenic signaling or intensifying DNA replication stress can alter carcinogenic potential, and can be manipulated therapeutically.[15]

žNormal replicative stress occurs at low to mild levels and induces genomic instability, which can lead to tumorigenesis and cancer progression.[16] žResearchers decided to conduct a study to determine the effects of inducing high levels of replicative stress on cancer cells. žThe results showed that with further loss of checkpoints, replicative stress is increased to a higher level. žWith this change, the DNA replication of cancer cells may be incomplete or incorrect when entering into the mitotic phase. žThis can eventually result in cell death through mitotic catastrophe.[12]


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