Zn2+ inhibits purified poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (50% inhibition at 10 microM). Furthermore poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase present in nuclei and metaphase chromosome clusters is also inhibited by Zn2+. The inactivated enzyme could be re-activated by dithiothreitol. The concentration of Zn2+ needed to affect the enzyme activity in the organelles is sufficiently low for it to have a possible role in controlling the activity of this chromatin-bound enzyme.

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