Accession Number : ADA192082

Title :   Alkylation Induced DNA Repair and Mutagenesis in Escherichia coli.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for 1982-1985,

Corporate Author : NORWEGIAN DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT KJELLER

Personal Author(s) : Evensen, Grethe

PDF Url : ADA192082

Report Date : 23 Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : This support summarizes studies on repair of methylmethane-sulfonate (MMS) alkylation lesions in DNA of the bacterium Escherichia coli. It shows that E. coli has two distinct 3-methyladenine (M3A) DNA glycosylase activities; one is constitutively expressed and encoded by the tag gene (TagI), whereas the other is inducible and encoded by alkA (TagII). The tag glycosylase is identified radiochemically as a 21 kdal protein whereas the alkA product is a 30 kdal protein. It is induced upon exposure of the cells to low levels of alkylating agents, a treatment that induces the adaptive response. TagII is not under control of recA, necessary to induce the mutagenic SOS response. TagI appears responsible for rapid repair of m3A alkylation products in unadapted cells. The inducible enzyme, TagII, is required for killing adaptation to alkylation resistance and for repair of potentially lethal lesions not recognized by the constitutive enzyme in unadapted cells. Persisting m3A alkylation products in DNA are shown to be cytotoxic for cells but not mutagenic. It is indicated that DNA glycosylases have a direct role in mutagenesis by creating AP-sites as premutagenic lesions, processed by the SOS system. Increased mutations in tag or alkA mutants can be ascribed to more rapid induction of the SOS response by persisting 3-methylpurines. Keywords: Genetics; Gene repair; Genes.

Descriptors :   *DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACIDS, *ESCHERICHIA COLI, *LESIONS, *HYDROLASES, ADAPTATION, ALKYLATION, BACTERIA, CHEMICAL AGENTS, ENZYMES, GENES, GENETICS, LETHALITY, LOW LEVEL, MUTATIONS, PROTEINS, QUICK REACTION, REPAIR, RESISTANCE, RESPONSE(BIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Biochemistry
      Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology
      Microbiology

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