The mechanism of non-homologous end-joining: A synopsis of synapsis

Eric Weterings, Dik C. Van Gent

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Repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) by non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) is required for resistance to genotoxic agents, such as ionizing radiation, but also for proper development of the vertebrate immune system. Much progress has been made in identifying the factors that are involved in this repair pathway. We are now entering the phase in which we begin to understand basic concepts of the reaction mechanism and regulation of non-homologous end-joining. This review concentrates on novel insights into damage recognition and subsequent tethering, processing and joining of DNA ends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1425-1435
Number of pages11
JournalDNA Repair
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2 2004


  • DNA double-strand-breaks
  • Non-homologous end-joining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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