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Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2000 Aug;32(8):817-31.

Genetic analysis of homologous DNA recombination in vertebrate somatic cells.

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Bayer Chair Department of Molecular Immunology and Allergology, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan.


The maintenance of genomic stability and the ability to repair induced DNA damage in vertebrate cells require homologues of the yeast RAD52 epistasis group genes. The homologous recombination carried out by the products of these genes is essential and appears to be closely linked to DNA replication. Defects in recombination and associated activities are implicated in human cancer. This review summarises recent biochemical and genetic findings on the roles played by the vertebrate RAD52 group gene products in recombination. We describe the phenotypic analysis of genetically engineered mammalian and chicken mutants of homologous recombination genes.

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