Melanie Blasius

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Deinococcus radiodurans, one of the most radioresistant organisms known to date, is able to repair efficiently hundreds of DNA double- and single-strand breaks as well as other types of DNA damages promoted by ionizing or ultraviolet radiation. We review recent discoveries concerning several aspects of radioresistance and survival under high genotoxic(More)
Recently a family X DNA polymerase (PolXDr) was identified in the radioresistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans. Knockout cells show a delay in double-strand break repair (DSBR) and an increased sensitivity to gamma-irradiation. Here we show that PolXDr possesses 3'-->5' exonuclease activity that stops cutting close to a loop. PolXDr consists of a DNA(More)
Enzymes involved in DNA metabolic events of the highly radioresistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans are currently examined to understand the mechanisms that protect and repair the Deinococcus radiodurans genome after extremely high doses of γ-irradiation. Although several Deinococcus radiodurans DNA repair enzymes have been characterised, no biochemical(More)
Double labeling of interphase and metaphase chromosomes by 5-chlorodeoxyuridine (CldU) and 5-iododeoxyuridine (IdU) has been used in studies of the dynamics of DNA replication. Here, we have used this approach and confocal microscopy to analyze sites of DNA repair synthesis during nucleotide excision repair (NER) in quiescent human fibroblasts.(More)
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