Poly(ADP-ribose) degradation by post-nuclear extracts from human cells

Laura Rossi, Marco Denegri, Mauro Torti, Guy G. Poirier, A. Ivana Scovassi

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The nuclear metabolism of poly(ADP-ribose) is mainly regulated by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) and by poly(ADP-ribose) glycohydrolase (PARG). A PARP-like enzyme, V-PARP, and a PARC isoform are present in the extra-nuclear compartment of mammalian cells, even if poly(ADP-ribose) has never been detected therein. In this work, we demonstrate the ability of post-nuclear extracts from HeLa and HL60 cells to degrade synthetic 32P-polymers of ADP-ribose to ADP-ribose and, further, to AMP. This reaction implies the combined action of PARG and of an ADP-ribose-degrading activity, possibly corresponding to a phosphodiesterase and/or to an ADP-ribose pyrophosphatase. The inhibition of PARG or ADP-ribose-degrading enzymes allowed the demonstration that in vitro synthesized 32P-poly(ADP-ribose) is first digested to ADP-ribose monomers by a typical PARG reaction, and that ADP-ribose is further rapidly converted into AMP by an Mg2+-dependent activity. Collectively, our results demonstrate the ability of the human cell post-nuclear fraction to convert synthetic poly (ADP-ribose) into utilizable AMP units by the concerted action of PARG and ADP-ribose-degrading activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1229-1235
Number of pages7
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2002


  • (ADP-ribose) pyrophosphatase
  • Phosphodiesterase
  • Poly(ADP-ribose) glycohydrolase (PARG)
  • Poly(ADP-ribosylation)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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