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REVIEW: Evolution of Proteins of the DNA Photolyase/Cryptochrome Family

Yu. L. Vechtomova1,a*, T. A. Telegina1, and M. S. Kritsky1

1Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Federal Research Center of Biotechnology, Russian Academy of Sciences, 119071 Moscow, Russia

* To whom correspondence should be addressed.

Received June 28, 2019; Revised July 23, 2019; Accepted July 26, 2019
Proteins of the cryptochrome/DNA photolyase family (CPF) are phylogenetically related and structurally conserved flavoproteins that perform various functions. DNA photolyases repair DNA damage caused by UV-B radiation by exposure to UV-A/blue light simultaneously or subsequently. Cryptochromes are photoreceptor proteins regulating circadian clock, morphogenesis, phototaxis, and other responses to UV and blue light in various organisms. The review describes the structure and functions of CPF proteins, their evolutionary relationship, and possible functions of the CPF ancestor protein.
KEY WORDS: DNA photolyase, cryptochrome, evolution, LUCA

DOI: 10.1134/S0006297920140072