Lee Zou


Affiliation: Harvard University
Country: USA


  1. Flynn R, Cox K, Jeitany M, Wakimoto H, Bryll A, Ganem N, et al. Alternative lengthening of telomeres renders cancer cells hypersensitive to ATR inhibitors. Science. 2015;347:273-7 pubmed publisher
    ..The cell death induced by ATR inhibitors is highly selective for cancer cells that rely on ALT, suggesting that such inhibitors may be useful for treatment of ALT-positive cancers. ..
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    Yazinski S, Zou L. Functions, Regulation, and Therapeutic Implications of the ATR Checkpoint Pathway. Annu Rev Genet. 2016;50:155-173 pubmed
    ..Understanding ATR signaling and modulation is essential to unraveling which tumors have increased dependence on ATR signaling as well as how the ATR pathway can best be exploited for targeted cancer therapy. ..
  3. Zhang J, Yadav T, Ouyang J, Lan L, Zou L. Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres through Two Distinct Break-Induced Replication Pathways. Cell Rep. 2019;26:955-968.e3 pubmed publisher
    ..These results suggest that ALT occurs through a RAD52-dependent and a RAD52-independent BIR pathway, revealing the bifurcated framework and dynamic nature of this process. ..
  4. Zou L, Nguyen H. Getting a Genomic View of DNA Replication Stress. Mol Cell. 2018;72:201-203 pubmed publisher
    ..Studies by Shastri et al. (2018) and Tubbs et al. (2018) used different genomics approaches to map the sites of replication fork collapse, revealing the contribution of specific DNA sequences to replication stress. ..
  5. Buisson R, Boisvert J, Benes C, Zou L. Distinct but Concerted Roles of ATR, DNA-PK, and Chk1 in Countering Replication Stress during S Phase. Mol Cell. 2015;59:1011-24 pubmed publisher
    ..The levels of ATRi-induced ssDNA correlate with ATRi sensitivity in a panel of cell lines, suggesting that ATRi-induced ssDNA could be predictive of ATRi sensitivity in cancer cells. ..
  6. Wu C, Zou L. The SUMO (Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier) Ligase PIAS3 Primes ATR for Checkpoint Activation. J Biol Chem. 2016;291:279-90 pubmed publisher
    ..Together, these results suggest that PIAS3 primes ATR for checkpoint activation by sustaining its basal kinase activity, revealing a new function of the PIAS family in DNA damage signaling. ..
  7. Ouyang J, Garner E, Hallet A, Nguyen H, Rickman K, Gill G, et al. Noncovalent interactions with SUMO and ubiquitin orchestrate distinct functions of the SLX4 complex in genome maintenance. Mol Cell. 2015;57:108-22 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, the interactions of SLX4 with SUMO and ubiquitin increase its affinity for factors recognizing different DNA lesions or telomeres, helping to direct the SLX4 complex in distinct functional contexts. ..
  8. Nguyen H, Yadav T, Giri S, Saez B, Graubert T, Zou L. Functions of Replication Protein A as a Sensor of R Loops and a Regulator of RNaseH1. Mol Cell. 2017;65:832-847.e4 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, in addition to sensing DNA damage and replication stress, RPA is a sensor of R loops and a regulator of RNaseH1, extending the versatile role of RPA in suppression of genomic instability. ..
  9. Kabeche L, Nguyen H, Buisson R, Zou L. A mitosis-specific and R loop-driven ATR pathway promotes faithful chromosome segregation. Science. 2018;359:108-114 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, a mitosis-specific and R loop-driven ATR pathway acts at centromeres to promote faithful chromosome segregation, revealing functions of R loops and ATR in suppressing chromosome instability. ..

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  1. Zou L. A Zygotic Checkpoint for Unrepaired Lesions. Cell. 2016;167:1676-1678 pubmed publisher
  2. Buisson R, Niraj J, Rodrigue A, Ho C, Kreuzer J, Foo T, et al. Coupling of Homologous Recombination and the Checkpoint by ATR. Mol Cell. 2017;65:336-346 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, HR is a biphasic process requiring both high-CDK and low-CDK periods. As exemplified by the regulation of PALB2 by ATR, ATR promotes HR by orchestrating a "CDK-to-ATR switch" post-resection, directly coupling the checkpoint to HR. ..
  3. Ouyang J, Lan L, Zou L. Regulation of DNA break repair by transcription and RNA. Sci China Life Sci. 2017;60:1081-1086 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we discuss the results and models from these studies, presenting an emerging view of transcription-coupled DSB repair. ..