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Adduct

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In biology, an adduct is a complex that forms when a chemical binds to a biological molecule, such as DNA or protein.

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DNA adducts are altered forms of DNA that occur as the result of exposure to carcinogens (in the case of smokers these would be the carcinogens present in cigarette smoke). A DNA adduct, once formed, can be repaired, resulting in a return to the original DNA structure or be mis-repaired, resulting in a mutation. Protein adducts do not have adverse biological effects but can be used as a measure of exposure to a foreign substance.

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Español: Aducto

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