Base excision repair and nucleotide excision repair

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Base excision repair (BER) and nucleotide excision repair (NER) are two DNA repair pathways that, like other DNA repair pathways except for direct reversal of DNA damage, involve sequential activities of multiple repair proteins. The two DNA repair pathways have been studied for more than four decades, and this investigation has elucidated their crucial roles in maintaining genomic integrity particularly in response to exposure to environmental genotoxicants, including ultraviolet light, cigarette smoke carcinogens, and reactive oxygen species. This chapter will introduce the history and the concepts of DNA excision repair, discuss types of DNA damage processed by BER and NER, and describe the repair mechanisms. The detailed steps in these repair pathways in cells are complex, and they require the coordination of the enzymatic reactions. Recent evidence indicates that DNA damage and excision repair proteins are key signal transducers and play critical roles for DNA damage responses and communications between nuclei and mitochondria. Precise knowledge of BER and NER reactions should help us understand their functions to preserve normal physiology, which in turn should improve our understanding of how defects in these pathways contribute to human disease, with the particular emphasis on cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenome Stability
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Virus to Human Application
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780323856799
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

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  • Base excision repair
  • DNA damage
  • Human disease
  • Nucleotide excision repair
  • Transcription

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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