Poly(ADP-ribose) Glycohydrolase

Poly(ADP-ribose) Glycohydrolase (PARG) is an enzyme responsible for the hydrolysis of ribose-ribose bonds on poly(ADP-ribose) (PAR)-ylated proteins. This enzyme counteracts the action of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and is involved in DNA repair mechanisms following oxidative stress and in cancer.

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Cat. No. Product Name / Activity
7007 PDD 00017238
High affinity and potent PARG inhibitor
7006 PDD 00017272
Potent PARG inhibitor
5952 PDD 00017273
Potent and selective PARG inhibitor; cell permeable


Cat. No. Product Name / Activity
7009 PDD 00031705
Negative control for PDD 00017238 (Cat. No. 7007)

PARG (E.C. is encoded by the PARG gene, which has several transcript variants encoding different isoforms of the enzyme. The PARG gene variants produce proteins of different lengths, which show distinct tissue specificity and subcellular distribution; PARG111 displays nuclear localization and is responsible for degradation of PARP1/2-derived PARylation. PARG102 and PARG99 are found in the cytoplasm and perinuclear regions and regulate PAR-induced cytoplasmic granule production and protein aggregation.

Addition of PAR residues to proteins is a form of post-translational modification and the accumulation of PAR chains is thought to be a cell death signal. PAR is added to proteins by PARPs and PARG hydrolyzes ribose-ribose bonds to remove PAR. However, the catalytic efficiency of PARG is reduced when there are less than 4 ADP-ribose units in the chain, and PARG cannot remove the last unit from PARylated proteins.

PARG is particularly important for DNA repair following cellular oxidative stress. PARG is recruited to sites of DNA damage where it plays a critical role in preserving the integrity of replication forks under replicative stress conditions. When single-strand breaks occur PARPs recruit scaffold proteins to the site of DNA damage, while PARG regulates the dissociation of these proteins and has been shown to colocalize with replication forks. Its role in DNA damage repair means that PARG is a potential target for drugs to treat cancer. Indeed, oxidative stress and genomic instability of cancer cells sensitizes them to the action of PARG inhibitors.

Human PARG protein structure

Figure 1: Structure of human PARG. Structure taken from Protein Data Bank, PDBID: 6OA1. Houl et al (2004) Selective small molecule PARG inhibitor causes replication fork stalling and cancer cell death. Nat Commun 10: 5654-5654

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