Endonuclease III: An Endonuclease from Escherichia coli That Introduces Single Polynucleotide Chain Scissions in Ultraviolet-Irradiated DNA

  • Miroslav Radman
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An endonuclease that makes single polynucleotide chain scissions in UV-irradiated DNA has been purified from Escherichia coli. The activity has the following properties: (1) unirradiated DNA is attacked very little if at all; (2) single-stranded DNA is not attacked, whether irradiated or not; (3) there is no requirement for divalent cations, and the activity is not affected by the addition of EDTA; (4) the pH optimum is approximately 7; (5) the activity is inhibited by 1 M NaC1, single-stranded DNA, transfer RNA, and unirradiated double-stranded DNA; (6) the sedimentation coefficient, S 20, W’ is approximately 2.6; (7) it is a basic protein. The enzyme is tentatively named E. coli endonuclease III. The physiological function of the endonuclease has not yet been established.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Miroslav Radman
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  1. 1.The Biological LaboratoriesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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