MLH1

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MLH1

A human homologue of the Escherichia coli DNA mismatch repair gene on 3p21.3, which encodes an enzyme that scans newly replicated DNA for errors and repairs mismatched base pairs.

Molecular pathology
A germline mutation of MLH1 occurs in ± 1% of patients with hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer; defects in MLH1 also cause mismatch repair cancer syndrome, Muir-Torre syndrome and susceptibility to endometrial cancer.