Elevated levels of homologous DNA recombination activity in the regenerating rat liver

Bhaskar Thyagarajan, Jennifer L. Cruise, Colin R Campbell

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We have characterized homologous DNA recombination activity in nuclear protein extracts prepared from quiescent and regenerating rat livers. Activity measured in regenerating liver extracts was elevated approximately 35-fold above control, and its appearance closely mirrored the first wave of DNA synthesis, peaking 24 hours after a regenerative stimulus, and returning fairly rapidly to basal levels. We also identified a strand-transferase protein of approximately 100 kDa whose presence in these extracts correlates with homologous recombination activity. Recent evidence suggests that mammalian somatic cells possess a recombinational DNA repair mechanism analogous to that described in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Our results indicate that this recombinational repair process may be regulated in vivo by, or play a role in, progression through the cell division cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalSomatic Cell and Molecular Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


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