We study the molecular mechanism and in vivo function of nucleotide excision repair (NER) and other DNA repair mechanisms.

Our research focuses on:

  • Molecular NER machinery
  • NER organization in vivo and in differentiated cell types
  • The impact of mutations in NER genes on health
  • Cancer chemotherapeutics and DNA repair
  • Chromatin organization and DNA repair
  • Interstrand crosslink repair

We contributed to paper published in Nature Communications showing that PARP1 and PARP2 interact with XPC and regulate ALC1 for chromatin remodeling during GG-NER.

 

We published a review in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences describing the function of XPG in nucleotide excision repair and other genome maintenance pathways.

 

We collaborated on a paper in Nature Communications showing that DDB2 and other NER proteins promote the repair of oxidative DNA lesions.

 

We published a paper in Communications Biology showing that C. elegans mutants of the gtf-2H5/TTDA subunit of TFIIH may be a useful model for studying pathogenic molecular mechanisms of trichothiodystrophy.

 

We contributed to a review published in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences detailing DNA damage detection by GG-NER in chromatin.

 

We published our protocol detailing how UV survival assays in C. elegans can be used to distinguish between global genome and transcription-coupled nucleotide excision repair in STAR protocols.

 

We collaborated on a paper published in Nature Cell Biology showing that ELOF1 is a new transcription-coupled DNA repair factor.

 

We contributed to a paper published in Science Advances describing a role of SMARCAD1 in promoting replication fork stability.

 

Amazing Erasmus MC, an online magazine on everything that goes on in our host institute Erasmus MC, has published very nice short cover story in Dutch about our DNA repair work with C. elegans.

C2W, the online magazine of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, wrote a short article (originally in Dutch but here also in English) explaining our recent findings on tissue-specific DNA repair in C. elegans.

We published a paper in Cell Reports describing intriguing differences in DNA repair and DNA damage response in different tissues of the model organism C. elegans.

We published a paper in Nature Communications showing that DDB2 dissociation promotes DNA damage handover to XPC-TFIIH.

On 9 June 2020, Cristina Ribeiro-Silva successfully defended her thesis ‘Nucleotide excision repair through the looking glass’ online.

On 23 October 2019 Mariangela Sabatella succesfully defended her thesis entitled ‘When a cut makes the difference: DNA damage incision from human cells to C. elegans.‘

We collaboratively published a comprehensive review in Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology about the DNA damage response to transcription stress