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X-ray repair complementing defective repair in Chinese hamster cells 1
Protein XRCC1 PDB 1cdz.png
PDB rendering based on 1cdz.
Available structures
PDB Ortholog search: PDBe, RCSB
Symbols XRCC1 ; RCC
External IDs OMIM194360 MGI99137 HomoloGene31368 GeneCards: XRCC1 Gene
RNA expression pattern
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Species Human Mouse
Entrez 7515 22594
Ensembl ENSG00000073050 ENSMUSG00000051768
UniProt P18887 Q60596
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_006297 NM_009532
RefSeq (protein) NP_006288 NP_033558
Location (UCSC) Chr 19:
43.54 – 43.58 Mb
Chr 7:
24.55 – 24.57 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

DNA repair protein XRCC1 also known as X-ray repair cross-complementing protein 1 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the XRCC1 gene. XRCC1 is involved in DNA repair where it complexes with DNA ligase III.


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nmr solution structure of the single-strand break repair protein xrcc1-n-terminal domain
Symbol XRCC1_N
Pfam PF01834
Pfam clan CL0202
InterPro IPR002706
SCOP 1xnt

XRCC1 is involved in the efficient repair of DNA single-strand breaks formed by exposure to ionizing radiation and alkylating agents. This protein interacts with DNA ligase III, polymerase beta and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase to participate in the base excision repair pathway. It may play a role in DNA processing during meiogenesis and recombination in germ cells. A rare microsatellite polymorphism in this gene is associated with cancer in patients of varying radiosensitivity.[1]

Other function of XRCC1[edit]

In addition to its role in base excision repair, XRCC1 also has an essential role in microhomology-mediated end joining (MMEJ) repair of double strand breaks. MMEJ is an error-prone DNA repair pathway that results in deletion mutations. XRCC1 is one of 6 proteins required for this pathway.[2]

XRCC1 over-expression in cancer[edit]

XRCC1 is over-expressed in non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC),[3] and at an even higher level in metastatic lymph nodes of NSCLC.[4]

XRCC1 under-expression in cancer[edit]

Deficiency in XRCC1, due to being heterozygous for a mutated XRCC1 gene coding for a truncated XRCC1 protein, suppresses tumor growth in mice.[5] Under three experimental conditions for inducing three types of cancer (colon cancer, melanoma or breast cancer), mice heterozygous for this XRCC1 mutation had substantially lower tumor volume or number than wild type mice undergoing the same carcinogenic treatments.

Comparison with other DNA repair genes in cancer[edit]

Cancers are very often deficient in expression of one or more DNA repair genes, but over-expression of a DNA repair gene is less usual in cancer. For instance, at least 36 DNA repair proteins, when mutationally defective in germ line cells, cause increased risk of cancer (hereditary cancer syndromes).[6] (Also see DNA repair-deficiency disorder.) Similarly, at least 12 DNA repair genes have frequently been found to be epigenetically repressed in one or more cancers.[6] (See also Epigenetically reduced DNA repair and cancer.) Ordinarily, deficient expression of a DNA repair enzyme results in increased un-repaired DNA damages which, through replication errors (translesion synthesis), lead to mutations and cancer. However, XRCC1 mediated MMEJ repair is directly mutagenic, so in this case, over-expression, rather than under-expression, apparently leads to cancer. Reduction of mutagenic XRCC1 mediated MMEJ repair leads to reduced progression of cancer.


The NMR solution structure of the Xrcc1 N-terminal domain (Xrcc1 NTD) shows that the structural core is a beta-sandwich with beta-strands connected by loops, three helices and two short two-stranded beta-sheets at each connection side. The Xrcc1 NTD specifically binds single-strand break DNA (gapped and nicked) and a gapped DNA-beta-Pol complex.[7]


XRCC1 has been shown to interact with:


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