Experiments were performed to test whether significant amounts of pyrimidine dimers are produced in cultured cells of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. var. Xanthi) and of Haplopappus gracilis by ultraviolet light in the biological dose range and whether either or both dark and light repair systems exist in these cells. Thymine-containing dimers were found to be formed quite readily in both kinds of cells, but neither kind appeared to possess the excision repair system. Results indicated that UV-induced growth inhibition of tobacco cells could be photoreactivated and that tobacco cells could monomerize UV-induced, thymine-containing dimers in the DNA. On the other hand, neither increase in growth nor monomerization of dimers was observed in the UV-irradiated Haplopappus cell culture after treatment with photoreactivating light.

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