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Mol Cell. 2000 Jun;5(6):1059-65.

Uracil-DNA glycosylase (UNG)-deficient mice reveal a primary role of the enzyme during DNA replication.

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Imperial Cancer Research Fund, Clare Hall Laboratories, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.


Gene-targeted knockout mice have been generated lacking the major uracil-DNA glycosylase, UNG. In contrast to ung- mutants of bacteria and yeast, such mice do not exhibit a greatly increased spontaneous mutation frequency. However, there is only slow removal of uracil from misincorporated dUMP in isolated ung-/- nuclei and an elevated steady-state level of uracil in DNA in dividing ung-/- cells. A backup uracil-excising activity in tissue extracts from ung null mice, with properties indistinguishable from the mammalian SMUG1 DNA glycosylase, may account for the repair of premutagenic U:G mispairs resulting from cytosine deamination in vivo. The nuclear UNG protein has apparently evolved a specialized role in mammalian cells counteracting U:A base pairs formed by use of dUTP during DNA synthesis.

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