Reevaluation of a dna binding activity with specificity for chemically modified dna

Robin H. Chou, Moon Shong Tang, Steven M. Cohn, Michael W. Lieberman

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A DNA binding activity which appeared in direct filter binding assays to show specificity for DNA modified by N-acetoxy-2-acetylaminofluorene (AAF), N-methyl-N-nitro-sourea and methylmethanesulfonate (Moranelli and Lieber-man, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 77, 3201, 1980) has been further purified and characterized. Equilibrium competition binding experiments indicate this activity shows little, or no, preferential binding of AAF-modified DNA compared to single-stranded DNA and only a small preference compared to u.v.-irradiated DNA or double-stranded DNA. These findings demonstrate the difficulty of using direct filter binding assays when purifying proteins with a desired biological function and the need to perform competition assays when evaluating specificity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-721
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Cancer Research


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