Neocarzinostatin is a radiomimetic antibiotic with a potent cytotoxic effect which elicits a hypersensitive response in human cells homozygous or heterozygous for the gene for ataxia-telangiectasia. The extent and the time course of potentially lethal damage repair and sublethal damage repair following neocarzinostatin treatment were investigated in human skin fibroblast strains and were found to be remarkably similar to those obtained following X-irradiation. Ataxia-telangiectasia homozygous cells essentially lacked potentially lethal damage repair, but were able to perform some degree of sublethal damage repair following neocarzinostatin treatment. Ataxia-telangiectasia heterozygous cells which show an intermediate degree of neocarzinostatin sensitivity could perform both processes but with somewhat reduced efficiency as compared to normal cells. These observations provide further evidence for a DNA repair defect in ataxia-telangiectasia cells.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 27 Jan 1983|