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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1987 Nov 30;149(1):233-8.

A defect in DNA topoisomerase II activity in ataxia-telangiectasia cells.

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Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Science, UKM, Selangor, Malaysia.


DNA topoisomerase type I and II activities were determined by serial dilution in nuclear extracts from control and ataxia-telangiectasia lymphoblastoid cells. Topoisomerase I activity, assayed by relaxation of supercoiled plasmid DNA, was found to be approximately the same in both cell types. In order to remove interference from topoisomerase I, the activity of topoisomerase II was measured by the unknotting of knotted P4 phage DNA in the presence of ATP. The activity of topoisomerase II was markedly reduced in two ataxia-telangiectasia cell lines, AT2ABR and AT8ABR, compared to controls. This reduction in activity was detected with increasing concentration of protein and in time course experiments at a single protein concentration. A third cell line, AT3ABR, did not have a detectably lower activity of topoisomerase II when assayed under these conditions. The difference in topoisomerase II activity in the ataxia-telangiectasia cell lines examined may reflect to some extent the heterogeneity observed in this syndrome.

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