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In mammalian cells, thymine glycols and other oxidized pyrimidines such as 5,6-dihydrouracil are removed from DNA by the NTH1 protein, a bifunctional DNA-N-glycosylase. However, mNTH1 knock-out mice in common with other DNA glycosylase-deficient mice do not show any severe abnormalities associated with accumulation of DNA damage and mutations. In the present study we used an in vitro repair system to investigate the mechanism for the removal of 5,6-dihydrouracil from DNA by mNTH1-deficient cell-free extracts derived from testes of mNTH1 knock-out mice. We found that these extracts are able to support the removal of 5,6-dihydrouracil from DNA at about 20% of the efficiency of normal extracts. Furthermore, we also found that single-nucleotide patch base excision repair is the major pathway for removal of 5,6-dihydrouracil in mNTH1-deficient cell extracts, suggesting the involvement of other DNA glycosylase(s) in the removal of oxidized pyrimidines.

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Journal article


J Biol Chem

Publication Date





50487 - 50490


Animals, Base Sequence, Cell-Free System, DNA Damage, DNA Glycosylases, DNA Repair, Deoxyribonuclease (Pyrimidine Dimer), Endodeoxyribonucleases, Escherichia coli Proteins, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Molecular Sequence Data, Mutation, N-Glycosyl Hydrolases, Oligodeoxyribonucleotides, Recombinant Proteins, Uracil