Pyrimidine Dimers: Effect of Temperature on Photoinduction

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Science  28 Oct 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3748, pp. 503-504
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3748.503


Ultraviolet-induced pyrimidine dimer formation in DNA and polyuridylic acid was inhibited on irradiation at 77° K. Enhancement of thymine dimer formation in solutions of DNA occurred upon addition of ethylene glycol. Low temperature measurements of absorbance of polyuridylic acid at low temperature showed that no significant alteration of the residues occurred after irradiation at 77°K and before thawing.