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Ahmad, SI (1996) A mutant of Escherichia coli hyper-resistant to a number of DNA damaging agents: location of the mutational site. J. Photochem. Photobiol. B, Biol. 36:47-53


A mutant of Escherichia coli, isolated as hyper-resistant to UVC, is found to be hyper-resistant to UVA, H2O2, low concentrations of nalidixic acid, novobiocin, UVA plus H2O2 and UVA plus 8-methoxypsoralen. A mutational site (uvh) conferring the hyper-resistance phenotype to UVC, and presumably to other DNA damaging agents, has been mapped at the 89.9 min region on the chromosome. Complementation analysis with an F-prime uvh+/uvh- diploid strain showed that the uvh+ allele is dominant over uvh- in trans. Studies with a variety of plasmids, carrying various LexA regions, introduced into the UV hyper-resistant strain show that mutation at the uvh locus may be responsible for derepression of the SOS inducible repair system. Based on the results, it is suggested that uvh is a part of the SOS inducible system. A plausible explanation for the hyper-resistance phenotypes for various DNA damaging agents and a model for the genetic control of a second set of putative SOS regulons are presented.


PubMed Online version:10.1016/S1011-1344(96)07329-0


Alleles; DNA Damage; DNA Repair; DNA, Bacterial/drug effects; DNA, Bacterial/radiation effects; Drug Resistance, Microbial/genetics; Escherichia coli/genetics; Escherichia coli/growth & development; Escherichia coli/radiation effects; Genetic Complementation Test; Hydrogen Peroxide/pharmacology; Methoxsalen/pharmacology; Mutagenesis; Nalidixic Acid/pharmacology; Novobiocin/pharmacology; Phenotype; Ultraviolet Rays


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