Alexandra Dimitri

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O(6)-Methylguanine (O(6)-meG) is a major mutagenic, carcinogenic and cytotoxic DNA adduct produced by various endogenous and exogenous methylating agents. We report the results of transcription past a site-specifically modified O(6)-meG DNA template by bacteriophage T7 RNA polymerase and human RNA polymerase II. These data show that O(6)-meG partially(More)
The DNA lesion 1,N(2)-ethenoguanine (1,N(2)-epsilon G) is formed endogenously as a by-product of lipid peroxidation or by reaction with epoxides that result from the metabolism of the industrial pollutant vinyl chloride, a known human carcinogen. DNA replication past 1,N(2)-epsilon G and site-specific mutagenesis studies on mammalian cells have established(More)
Damage in transcribed DNA presents a challenge to the cell because it can partially or completely block the progression of an RNA polymerase, interfering with transcription and compromising gene expression. While blockage of RNA polymerase progression is thought to trigger the recruitment of transcription-coupled DNA repair (TCR), bypass of the lesion can(More)
DNA damage located within a gene's transcription unit can cause RNA polymerase to stall at the modified site, resulting in a truncated transcript, or progress past, producing full-length RNA. However, it is not immediately apparent why some lesions pose strong barriers to elongation while others do not. Studies using site-specifically damaged DNA templates(More)
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