Nuclear structure and the microdistribution of radiation damage in DNA.

Abstract

Evidence for the roles of proteins and metal ions in the microheterogeneity of DNA damage is reviewed. Decondensation of chromatin in hypotonic buffers markedly sensitizes the DNA to radiation, while treatment of nuclei with hypertonic buffers strips the DNA of histones and other nuclear proteins and enhances the radiosensitivity of the DNA with respect to… (More)

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