Poly(ADP-Ribose) Links the DNA Damage Response and Biomineralization

Karin H. Müller, Robert Hayward, Rakesh Rajan, Meredith Whitehead, Andrew M. Cobb, Sadia Ahmad, Mengxi Sun, Ieva Goldberga, Rui Li, Uliana Bashtanova, Anna M. Puszkarska, David G. Reid, Roger A. Brooks, Jeremy N. Skepper, Jayanta Bordoloi, Wing Ying Chow, Hartmut Oschkinat, Alex Groombridge, Oren A. Scherman, James A. HarrisonAnja Verhulst, Patrick C. D'Haese, Ellen Neven, Lisa Maria Needham, Steven F. Lee, Catherine M. Shanahan*, Melinda J. Duer

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Biomineralization of the extracellular matrix is an essential, regulated process. Inappropriate mineralization of bone and the vasculature has devastating effects on patient health, yet an integrated understanding of the chemical and cell biological processes that lead to mineral nucleation remains elusive. Here, we report that biomineralization of bone and the vasculature is associated with extracellular poly(ADP-ribose) synthesized by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases in response to oxidative and/or DNA damage. We use ultrastructural methods to show poly(ADP-ribose) can form both calcified spherical particles, reminiscent of those found in vascular calcification, and biomimetically calcified collagen fibrils similar to bone. Importantly, inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose) biosynthesis in vitro and in vivo inhibits biomineralization, suggesting a therapeutic route for the treatment of vascular calcifications. We conclude that poly(ADP-ribose) plays a central chemical role in both pathological and physiological extracellular matrix calcification. Müller et al. investigate the physicochemical process of extracellular matrix calcification in both physiological (bone) and pathological (vascular calcification) contexts. They find that oxidative stress-induced poly(ADP-ribose) nucleates calcium phosphate mineral crystals on extracellular matrix substrates and that calcification is inhibited by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) enzyme inhibitors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3124-3138.e13
JournalCell Reports
Issue number11
Early online date11 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2019


  • bone
  • DNA damage
  • poly(ADP-ribose)
  • vascular smooth muscle cell


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