Multi-omics data integration analysis identifies the spliceosome as a key regulator of DNA double-strand break repair

Dana Sherill-Rofe, Oded Raban, Steven Findlay, Dolev Rahat, Irene Unterman, Arash Samiei, Amber Yasmeen, Zafir Kaiser, Hellen Kuasne, Morag Park, William D. Foulkes, Idit Bloch, Aviad Zick, Walter H. Gotlieb*, Yuval Tabach*, Alexandre Orthwein*

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DNA repair by homologous recombination (HR) is critical for the maintenance of genome stability. Germline and somatic mutations in HR genes have been associated with an increased risk of developing breast (BC) and ovarian cancers (OvC). However, the extent of factors and pathways that are functionally linked to HR with clinical relevance for BC and OvC remains unclear. To gain a broader understanding of this pathway, we used multi-omics datasets coupled with machine learning to identify genes that are associated with HR and to predict their sub-function. Specifically, we integrated our phylogenetic-based co-evolution approach (CladePP) with 23 distinct genetic and proteomic screens that monitored, directly or indirectly, DNA repair by HR. This omics data integration analysis yielded a new database (HRbase) that contains a list of 464 predictions, including 76 gold standard HR genes. Interestingly, the spliceosome machinery emerged as one major pathway with significant cross-platform interactions with the HR pathway. We functionally validated 6 spliceosome factors, including the RNA helicase SNRNP200 and its co-factor SNW1. Importantly, their RNA expression correlated with BC/OvC patient outcome. Altogether, we identified novel clinically relevant DNA repair factors and delineated their specific sub-function by machine learning. Our results, supported by evolutionary and multi-omics analyses, suggest that the spliceosome machinery plays an important role during the repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs).

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberzcac013
JournalNAR Cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022

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