IFOM Dana Branzei Lab

Dana Branzei Lab


Dana Branzei

Molecular biologist Dana Branzei researches mechanisms of DNA repair and replication stress tolerance that operate in eukaryotic cells, and how they impact on chromosome structure. At a young age Dana, as well as members of the scientific community, discovered her talent for science. read more

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DNA Repair

Accurate chromosomal DNA replication is fundamental for cellular function and genome integrity. In response to replication perturbations, DNA damage response and DNA damage tolerance pathways become activated and are crucial for detection and tolerance of lesions, which impact on replication completion and genome integrity. read more

Laboratory location: Milan, Italy

Recent publications

  1. Psakhye I, Kawasumi R, Abe T, Hirota K, Branzei D.
    PCNA recruits cohesin loader Scc2 to ensure sister chromatid cohesion.
    Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2023 Aug 17. doi: 10.1038/s41594-023-01064-x. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37592094
  2. Joseph CR, Dusi S, Giannattasio M, Branzei D.
    Rad51-mediated replication of damaged templates relies on monoSUMOylated DDK kinase.
    Nat Commun. 2022 May 5;13(1):2480. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-30215-9. PMID: 35513396; PMCID: PMC9072374.
  3. Dolce V, Dusi S, Giannattasio M, Joseph CR, Fumasoni M, Branzei D.
    Parental histone deposition on the replicated strands promotes error-free DNA damage tolerance and regulates drug resistance
    Genes Dev. 2022 Feb 1;36(3-4):167-179. doi: 10.1101/gad.349207.121. Epub 2022 Feb 3. PMID: 35115379; PMCID: PMC8887126.
  4. Kannan A, Cuartas J, Gangwani P, Branzei D, Gangwani L.
    Mutation in senataxin alters the mechanism of R-loop resolution in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4
    Brain. 2022 Sep 14;145(9):3072-3094. doi: 10.1093/brain/awab464. PMID: 35045161; PMCID: PMC9536298.
  5. Humphreys IR, Pei J, Baek M, Krishnakumar A, Anishchenko I, Ovchinnikov S, Zhang J, Ness TJ, Banjade S, Bagde SR, Stancheva VG, Li XH, Liu K, Zheng Z, Barrero DJ, Roy U, Kuper J, Fernández IS, Szakal B, Branzei D, Rizo J, Kisker C, Greene EC, Biggins S, Keeney S, Miller EA, Fromme JC, Hendrickson TL, Cong Q, Baker D.
    Computed structures of core eukaryotic protein complexes.
    Science. 2021 Dec 10;374(6573):eabm4805. doi: 10.1126/science.abm4805. Epub 2021 Dec 10. PMID: 34762488; PMCID: PMC7612107.
  6. Kawasumi R, Abe T, Psakhye I, Miyata K, Hirota K, Branzei D.
    Vertebrate CTF18 and DDX11 essential function in cohesion is bypassed by preventing WAPL-mediated cohesin release.
    Genes Dev. 2021 Oct 1;35(19-20):1368-1382. doi:10.1101/gad.348581.121. Epub 2021 Sep 9. PMID: 34503989; PMCID: PMC8494208.
  7. Psakhye I, Branzei D.
    SMC complexes are guarded by the SUMO protease Ulp2 against SUMO-chain-mediated turnover.
    Cell Rep. 2021 Aug 3;36(5):109485. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109485. PMID: 34348159.
  8. Branzei D, Szakal B.
    DNA helicases in homologous recombination repair
    Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2021 Dec;71:27-33. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2021.06.009. Epub 2021 Jul 14. PMID: 34271541.
  9. Jegadesan NK, Branzei D.
    DDX11 loss causes replication stress and pharmacologically exploitable DNA repair defects
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Apr 27;118(17):e2024258118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2024258118. PMID: 33879618; PMCID: PMC8092582.
  10. Agashe S, Joseph CR, Reyes TAC, Menolfi D, Giannattasio M, Waizenegger A, Szakal B, Branzei D.
    Smc5/6 functions with Sgs1-Top3-Rmi1 to complete chromosome replication at natural pause sites.
    Nat Commun. 2021 Apr 8;12(1):2111. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22217-w. PMID: 33833229; PMCID: PMC8032827.

Group members

Staff Scientist
Barnabas Szakal
Lab Technician
Martina Rosato
Postdoc fellows
Ivan Psakhye
Aki Nunomiya
Phd Student
Bene Szabolcs
Morea Alessandro
Research fellow
Ezgi Gül Keskin
Master Student
Nima Saeedi
Former Lab members
Shaghayegh Jafarzadeh (Master Student)
Sabrina Dusi (lab assistant)
Francesca Andriani (lab assistant)
Valeria Mastrodonato (postdoc)
Nanda Kumar Jegadesan (PhD student)
Valeria Dolce (PhD student)
Chinnu Rose Joseph (PhD student)
Teresa Anne Clarisse Reyes (PhD student)
Anja Waizzenegger (postdoc)
Matteo Villa (postdoc)
Ryotaro Kawasumi (PhD student, postdoc)
Sumedha Agashe (PhD student)
Demis Menolfi (Master student, PhD student, postdoc)
Marco Fumasoni (Master student, PhD student, postdoc)
Federica Castellucci (PhD student, postdoc)
Saho Era (PhD student)
Takuya Abe (postdoc)
Madhusoodanan Urulangodi (postdoc)
Victor Gonzalez-Huici (postdoc)
Marek Sebesta (postdoc)
Fabio Vanoli (postdoc)
Julie Sollier (postdoc)
Eerappa Rajakumara (postdoc)
Livia Provitera (postdoc)
Teresa Anne Clarisse Reyes (Master student)
Beatrice Toia (Master student)
Alexandra Mayer (postdoc)
Francesco Rossi (PhD student, postdoc)

(update: Sep 2023)

IFOM Review

Seeing is believing: catching template-switching in the act
Commentary on Dana Branzei's paper published on Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, by Michael Lichten (2015)
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In the press

Quelli che decidono di restare in Italia

Il Corriere della Sera | G.Caprara, A. De Gregorio, V. Santarpia

Unravelling the secrets of DNA repair


DNA lifting
Marie Claire

2010.03.01 | Enrica Caretta

La poetessa del SUMO figlia del mondo


Ricera, italiani primi ma in fuga
Corriere della Sera

2009.10.08 | Gabriella Jacomella

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