Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Claudia Nicolae, PhD

Claudia Nicolae, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Scientific Program:Next-Generation Therapies
cmn14@psu.edu

Research Interests

  • Neoplasms
  • DNA Damage
  • DNA Repair
  • Genomic Instability
  • DNA Replication
  • Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen
  • Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
  • DNA
  • Matrilin Proteins
  • Genome
  • ADP Ribose Transferases
  • Mutation

Recent Publications

2022

Khatib, JB, Schleicher, EM, Jackson, LM, Dhoonmoon, A, Moldovan, GL & Nicolae, CM 2022, 'Complementary CRISPR genome-wide genetic screens in PARP10-knockout and overexpressing cells identify synthetic interactions for PARP10-mediated cellular survival', Oncotarget, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 1078-1091. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.28277
Thakar, T, Dhoonmoon, A, Straka, J, Schleicher, EM, Nicolae, CM & Moldovan, GL 2022, 'Lagging strand gap suppression connects BRCA-mediated fork protection to nucleosome assembly through PCNA-dependent CAF-1 recycling', Nature communications, vol. 13, no. 1, 5323. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-33028-y
Abu-Libdeh, B, Jhujh, SS, Dhar, S, Sommers, JA, Datta, A, Longo, GMC, Grange, LJ, Reynolds, JJ, Cooke, SL, McNee, GS, Hollingworth, R, Woodward, BL, Ganesh, AN, Smerdon, SJ, Nicolae, CM, Durlacher-Betzer, K, Molho-Pessach, V, Abu-Libdeh, A, Meiner, V, Moldovan, GL, Roukos, V, Harel, T, Brosh, RM & Stewart, GS 2022, 'RECON syndrome is a genome instability disorder caused by mutations in the DNA helicase RECQL1', Journal of Clinical Investigation, vol. 132, no. 5, e147301. https://doi.org/10.1172/JCI147301
Dhoonmoon, A, Nicolae, CM & Moldovan, GL 2022, 'The KU-PARP14 axis differentially regulates DNA resection at stalled replication forks by MRE11 and EXO1', Nature communications, vol. 13, no. 1, 5063. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-32756-5
Schleicher, EM, Dhoonmoon, A, Jackson, LM, Khatib, JB, Nicolae, CM & Moldovan, GL 2022, 'The TIP60-ATM axis regulates replication fork stability in BRCA-deficient cells', Oncogenesis, vol. 11, no. 1, 33. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41389-022-00410-w
Hirschler-Laszkiewicz, I, Festa, F, Huang, S, Moldovan, GL, Nicolae, C, Dhoonmoon, A, Bao, L, Keefer, K, Chen, SJ, Wang, HG, Cheung, JY & Miller, BA 2022, 'The human ion channel TRPM2 modulates cell survival in neuroblastoma through E2F1 and FOXM1', Scientific reports, vol. 12, no. 1, 6311. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-10385-8

2021

Jackson, LM, Dhoonmoon, A, Hale, A, Dennis, KA, Schleicher, EM, Nicolae, CM & Moldovan, GL 2021, 'Loss of MED12 activates the TGFβ pathway to promote chemoresistance and replication fork stability in BRCA-deficient cells', Nucleic acids research, vol. 49, no. 22, pp. 12855-12869. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkab1184
O’Connor, MJ, Thakar, T, Nicolae, CM & Moldovan, GL 2021, 'PARP14 regulates cyclin D1 expression to promote cell-cycle progression', Oncogene, vol. 40, no. 30, pp. 4872-4883. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41388-021-01881-8
Datta, A, Biswas, K, Sommers, JA, Thompson, H, Awate, S, Nicolae, CM, Thakar, T, Moldovan, GL, Shoemaker, RH, Sharan, SK & Brosh, RM 2021, 'WRN helicase safeguards deprotected replication forks in BRCA2-mutated cancer cells', Nature communications, vol. 12, no. 1, 6561. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-26811-w

2020

Schleicher, EM, Dhoonmoon, A, Jackson, LM, Clements, KE, Stump, CL, Nicolae, CM & Moldovan, GL 2020, 'Dual genome-wide CRISPR knockout and CRISPR activation screens identify mechanisms that regulate the resistance to multiple ATR inhibitors', PLoS genetics, vol. 16, no. 11, e1009176. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1009176
Awate, S, Sommers, JA, Datta, A, Nayak, S, Bellani, MA, Yang, O, Dunn, CA, Nicolae, CM, Moldovan, GL, Seidman, MM, Cantor, SB & Brosh, RM 2020, 'FANCJ compensates for RAP80 deficiency and suppresses genomic instability induced by interstrand cross-links', Nucleic acids research, vol. 48, no. 16, pp. 9161-9180. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkaa660
Dhoonmoon, A, Schleicher, EM, Clements, KE, Nicolae, CM & Moldovan, GL 2020, 'Genome-wide CRISPR synthetic lethality screen identifies a role for the ADP-ribosyltransferase PARP14 in DNA replication dynamics controlled by ATR', Nucleic acids research, vol. 48, no. 13, pp. 7252-7264. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkaa508
Clements, KE, Schleicher, EM, Thakar, T, Hale, A, Dhoonmoon, A, Tolman, NJ, Sharma, A, Liang, X, Imamura Kawasawa, Y, Nicolae, CM, Wang, HG, De, S & Moldovan, GL 2020, 'Identification of regulators of poly-ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor response through complementary CRISPR knockout and activation screens', Nature communications, vol. 11, no. 1, 6118. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-19961-w
Li, P, Fleischhauer, L, Nicolae, C, Prein, C, Farkas, Z, Saller, MM, Prall, WC, Wagener, R, Heilig, J, Niehoff, A, Clausen-Schaumann, H, Alberton, P & Aszodi, A 2020, 'Mice lacking the matrilin family of extracellular matrix proteins develop mild skeletal abnormalities and are susceptible to age-associated osteoarthritis', International journal of molecular sciences, vol. 21, no. 2, 666. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21020666
Thakar, T, Leung, W, Nicolae, CM, Clements, KE, Shen, B, Bielinsky, AK & Moldovan, GL 2020, 'Ubiquitinated-PCNA protects replication forks from DNA2-mediated degradation by regulating Okazaki fragment maturation and chromatin assembly', Nature communications, vol. 11, no. 1, 2147. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16096-w

2019

Naldiga, S, Ji, S, Thomforde, J, Nicolae, CM, Lee, M, Zhang, Z, Moldovan, GL, Tretyakova, NY & Basu, AK 2019, 'Error-prone replication of a 5-formylcytosine-mediated DNA-peptide cross-link in human cells', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 294, no. 27, pp. 10619-10627. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.RA119.008879
Edvardson, S, Nicolae, CM, Noh, GJ, Burton, JE, Punzi, G, Shaag, A, Bischetsrieder, J, De Grassi, A, Pierri, CL, Elpeleg, O & Moldovan, GL 2019, 'Heterozygous RNF13 Gain-of-Function Variants Are Associated with Congenital Microcephaly, Epileptic Encephalopathy, Blindness, and Failure to Thrive', American Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 104, no. 1, pp. 179-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2018.11.018
Nicolae, CM, O’Connor, MJ, Schleicher, EM, Song, C, Gowda, R, Robertson, G, Dovat, S & Moldovan, GL 2019, 'PARI (PARPBP) suppresses replication stress-induced myeloid differentiation in leukemia cells', Oncogene, vol. 38, no. 27, pp. 5530-5540. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41388-019-0810-x
Ranoa, DRE, Widau, RC, Mallon, S, Parekh, AD, Nicolae, CM, Huang, X, Bolt, MJ, Arina, A, Parry, R, Kron, SJ, Moldovan, GL, Khodarev, NN & Weichselbaum, RR 2019, 'STING promotes homeostasis via regulation of cell proliferation and chromosomal stability', Cancer Research, vol. 79, no. 7, pp. 1465-1479. https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-18-1972

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