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A potential genetic shield against ionizing radiation: Dsup

11-Oct-2019

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Tardigrades are resistant to extreme conditions of heat, cold, vacuum, pressure and radiation.

Contains a unique damage suppressor nuclear protein Dsup.

Dsup promotes the survival of tardigrades under diverse conditions by a direct mechanism.

Binds to nucleosomes and protects chromosomal DNA from hydroxyl radicals.

Potential to use this Dsup protein and it's mechanism to protect human cells from nuclear damage.

Research by University of California, published in eLife.

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