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Mutat Res. 1988 Mar-Apr;207(3-4):117-9.

Deinococcus radiodurans UV endonuclease beta DNA incisions do not generate photoreversible thymine residues.

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Department of Microbiology, Edinburgh University, Great Britain.


The ability of UV endonuclease beta of Deinococcus radiodurans to act as a pyrimidine dimer DNA glycosylase was investigated. Cell-free extracts of D. radiodurans exhibiting UV endonuclease beta activity failed to generate incisions in irradiated DNA that liberated free-thymine residues upon photoreversal with 254-nm light. This is in marked contrast to the pyrimidine dimer UV glycosylase of Micrococcus luteus that does liberate such residues. The result suggests that UV endonuclease beta incises DNA by true endonuclease action.

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