Release of 7-methylguanine residues from alkylated DNA by extracts of Micrococcus luteus and Escherichia coli.

Cell extracts from Micrococcus luteus release both free 3-methyladenine and free 7-methylguanine from alkylated DNA. The glycosylase activity responsible for the liberation of 7-methylguanine is not 3-methyladenine-DNA glycosylase, which, when purified, does not liberate it. Furthermore, the heat inactivation rates of the two enzymatic activities are… (More)