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Mutat Res. 1999 Jun 25;442(2):61-8.

Distinct responses of a recA::luxCDABE Escherichia coli strain to direct and indirect DNA damaging agents.

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Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (K-JIST), 1 Oryong-dong, Puk-gu, Kwangju 500-712, South Korea.


The recombinant Escherichia coli strain DPD2794 containing a recA::luxCDABE fusion is used to detect genotoxicity of various chemicals. Genotoxic agents were previously categorized into two groups, Direct DNA Damaging (DDD) agents and Indirect DNA Damaging (IDD) agents; these two groups have been distinguished with this strain. Minimum detectable concentrations of the DDD agents were about one to five orders of magnitude lower than those of the IDD agents. The response patterns of this strain to DDD agents differed from those to IDD agents in terms of kinetics and the forms of the dose-dependent response.

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