BRCT domains: A little more than kin, and less than kind

Dietlind L. Gerloff, Nicholas T. Woods, April A. Farago, Alvaro N.A. Monteiro

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BRCT domains are versatile protein modular domains found as single units or as multiple copies in more than 20 different proteins in the human genome. Interestingly, most BRCT-containing proteins function in the same biological process, the DNA damage response network, but show specificity in their molecular interactions. BRCT domains have been found to bind a wide array of ligands from proteins, phosphorylated linear motifs, and DNA. Here we discuss the biology of BRCT domains and how a domain-centric analysis can aid in the understanding of signal transduction events in the DNA damage response network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2711-2716
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Aug 14 2012



  • BRCT domain
  • DNA damage response
  • Phosphopeptide binding
  • Protein domain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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