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Photochem Photobiol. 1996 Feb;63(2):187-92.

Replication in UV-irradiated Caenorhabditis elegans embryos.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth 76129, USA.


Replication continues in wild-type (but not rad mutant) Caenorhabditis elegans embryos even after exposure to massive fluences of UV radiation. It is of interest to elucidate the mechanism(s) for this "damage-resistant" DNA synthesis. In this study, DNA from unirradiated and UV-irradiated wild-type embryos was examined using the electron microscope. Large fluences of UV radiation (180 J m-2) had little effect on either replication bubble size or distances between bubbles in wild-type embryos, indicating that the damage-resistant DNA synthesis was not grossly aberrant. Conversely, UV irradiation significantly decreased center-to-center distances between bubbles in excision-repair-deficient rad-3 embryos. This suggests that the decreased DNA synthesis observed after UV irradiation in rad-3 embryos is due largely to blockage of elongation of DNA synthesis.

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