The radioprotector WR-33278, the disulfide of WR-1065 (N-(2-mercaptoethyl)-1,3-diaminopropane), is shown to stimulate eukaryotic topoisomerase I unwinding of negatively supercoiled DNA. This observation suggests the possibility that some protection may be conferred to DNA either by a decrease in its supercoiled state or by altering directly other enzymatic processes. This is the first report of a radioprotective compound stimulating an enzyme involved in DNA structure and synthesis.

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