Escherichia coli (A)BC excinuclease is the major enzyme responsible for removing bulky adducts, such as pyrimidine dimers and 6-4 photoproducts, from DNA. Mutants deficient in this enzyme are extremely sensitive to UV and UV-mimetic agents, but not to oxidizing agents, or ionizing radiation which damages DNA in part by generating active oxygen species. DNA… (More)
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