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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1990 Apr 16;168(1):135-40.

Exposure to camptothecin breaks leading and lagging strand simian virus 40 DNA replication forks.

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Department of Radiology, Ohio State University, Columbus 43210.


To better understand aberrant simian virus 40 DNA replication intermediates produced by exposure of infected cells to the anticancer drug camptothecin, we compared them to forms produced by S1 nuclease digestion of normal viral replication intermediates. All of the major forms were identical in both cases. Thus the aberrant viral replicating forms in camptothecin-treated cells result from DNA strand breaks at replication forks. Linear simian virus 40 forms which are produced by camptothecin exposure during viral replication were identified as detached DNA replication bubbles. This indicates that double strand DNA breaks caused by camptothecin-topoisomerase I complexes occur at both leading and lagging strand replication forks in vivo.

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