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Mutat Res. 1988 Nov-Dec;209(3-4):99-106.

Ultraviolet mutagenesis of radiation-sensitive (rad) mutants of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.

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  • 1Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green 42101.


A mutational tester strain (JP10) of the nematode C. elegans was used to capture recessive lethal mutations in a balanced 300 essential gene autosomal region. The probability of converting a radiation interaction into a lethal mutation was measured in young gravid adults after exposure to fluences of 254-nm ultraviolet radiation (UV) ranging from 0 to 300 Jm-2. Mutation frequencies as high as 5% were observed. In addition, three different radiation-hypersensitive mutations, rad-1, rad-3 and rad-7 were incorporated into the JP10 background genotype, which allowed us to measure mutation frequencies in radiation-sensitive animals. The strain homozygous for rad-3 was hypermutable to UV while strains homozygous for rad-1 and rad-7 were hypomutable. Data showing the effects of UV on larval development and fertility for the rad mutants is also shown and compared for wild-type and JP10 backgrounds.

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