RecBCD dependent DNA degradation in recA13 mutant cells is not the basis of their hypersensitivity to this agent.
AffiliationDepartment of Molecular Genetics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
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AbstractWe have examined the hypersensitivity of Escherichia coli recA13 mutant cells to killing by N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitro-soguanidine (MNNG) and have shown out that despite MNNG-induced adaptation they remained vastly more sensitive to the cytotoxic effect of this agent than wild type cells. Because this might have been a consequence of a different extent of induction of the adaptive response in the recA13 background, we have measured O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase (ATase) activity in extracts of adapted and non-adapted recA13 mutant and wild type cells. Adaptation increased ATase levels by 28- and 34-fold in wild type and recA13 mutant cells, respectively. Thus, the adaptive response was no less inducible in recA13 mutant cells than in wild type cells. This indicates that the extreme sensitivity of recA13 cells to MNNG is not caused by an inability to repair the principal toxic lesions induced in DNA. Low doses of MNNG caused substantial degradation of cellular DNA in recA13 mutant cells but not in the wild type cells. This DNA degradation is shown to be the RecBCD-enzyme dependent. Since recA13 recB21 double mutants were even more sensitive to MNNG than recA single mutants, DNA degradation appears not to be the cause of the MNNG-hypersensitivity in recA13 cells.
CitationRecBCD dependent DNA degradation in recA13 mutant cells is not the basis of their hypersensitivity to this agent. 1998, 408 (1):19-25 Mutat. Res.
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