Novikoff hepatoma deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase. Sensitivity of the beta-polymerase to sulfhydryl blocking agents.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Unlike other beta-class eukaryotic DNA polymerases, the enzyme purified from the Novikoff hepatoma is inhibited by both sulfhydryl blocking agents N-ethylmaleimide (NEM) and p-hydroxymercuribenzoate (pHMB). The degree of sensitivity varies depending on the enzyme purity, pH of the reaction, and the presence of sulfhydryl reducing agents. Novikoff beta-polymerase activity is unaffected by the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol (2-Me) or dithiothreitol (DTT); however, the combination of 2-mercaptoethanol and NEM or pHMB acts to reverse the inhibition of the sulfhydryl blocking agent. The reversal of inhibition involves more than just a titration of NEM with 2-mercaptoethanol since a) the combination of these two reagents actually stimulates the DNA polymerase, and b) dithiothreitol did not reverse the inhibition. Binding of the polymerase to DNA did not affect the enzyme sensitivity to NEM.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mosbaugh, DW; Kunkel, TA; Stalker, DM; Tcheng, JE; Meyer, RR

Published Date

  • September 1, 1976

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 2341 - 2352

PubMed ID

  • 9624

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC343089

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0305-1048

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/nar/3.9.2341


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England