Somatic Cell and Molecular Genetics

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 285–288 | Cite as

Prevention of DNA 5-methylcytosine reutilization in human cells

  • Juhani A. Vilpo
  • Leena M. Vilpo
Brief Communications

Abstract

DNA methylation is an important process contributing to transcriptional regulation in animal and plant cells. The well known reutilization of DNA nucleotide bases indicated that DNA degradation occurs in many cells and tissues. On the other hand, the reutilization of 5-methyl-2′-deoxycytidine monophosphate in the DNA synthesis would have deleterious effects on gene regulation. Recent molecular insights into the exclusion of exogenous 5-methylcytosine from DNA are the subject of this review.

Keywords

Nucleotide Plant Cell Gene Regulation Human Cell Deleterious Effect 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juhani A. Vilpo
    • 1
  • Leena M. Vilpo
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular Hematology, Department of Clinical ChemistryTampere University HospitalTampereFinland

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