M R Das
Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 5 Issue 2 June 1983 pp 107-114
Purified plasma membranes from normal rat liver, a rat hepatoma and a rat hepatic fibrosarcoma have been shown to contain a protein which drastically inhibits avian myeloblastosis virus reverse transcriptase activity. The inhibition is caused by the binding of the protein to the template. The binding and the consequent inhibition of enzyme activity are template-specific; copying of RNA templates is inhibited whilst that of DNA templates remains unaffected. Investigations using different templates suggest that the inhibitory protein has a stronger binding affinity for G, C-rich templates. The inhibitor appears to have a wide distribution in plasma membranes from diverse sources.
Volume 9 Issue 3-4 December 1985 pp 231-236 Short Communication
A DNA polymerase activity associated with the detergent insoluble cytoskeletal fraction has been identified in dividing and non-dividing rat hepatocytes and a hepatoma (the Zajdela Ascitic Hepatoma). About 35 % of the enzyme is found associated with the cytoskeletal fraction of non-dividing cells as compared to about 3–6 % of the enzyme in dividing cells even though the dividing cells contain larger amounts of the extranuclear enzyme. The properties of the enzyme are similar to those of DNA polymerase-v. It is suggested that the association of the enzyme with the cytoskeletal fraction has functional significance.
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