A new endonuclease from Escherichia coli acting at apurinic sites in DNA.

A new DNA endonuclease has been purified 3000-fold from Escherichia coli. The enzyme specifically catalyzes the formation of single strand breaks at apurinic and apyrimidinic sites in DNA, but has no activity on intact or single-stranded DNA. Further, the enzyme shows little or no activity on heavily ultraviolet-irradiated DNA, but cleaves x-irradiated DNA… (More)