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J Gen Microbiol. 1990 Jul;136(7):1241-9.

Inducible UV repair potential of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO.

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Department of Biochemistry, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, Illinois 60153.


Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO lacks UV-inducible Weigle reactivation and Weigle mutagenesis of UV-damaged bacteriophages. This lack of UV-inducible, error-prone DNA repair appears to be due to the absence of efficiently expressed umuDC-like genes in this species. When the P. aeruginosa recA gene is introduced into a recA(Def) mutant of Escherichia coli K12, the P. aeruginosa recA gene product is capable of mediating UV-induced mutagenesis, indicating that it could participate in a recA-lexA-like regulatory network and function in inducible DNA repair pathways if such existed in P. aeruginosa. The presence of the IncP9, UV-resistance plasmid R2 in RecA+ strains of P. aeruginosa PAO allows UV-inducible, mutagenic DNA repair of UV-irradiated bacteriophages. R2 also greatly stimulates the ability of UV radiation to induce mutagenesis of the bacterial chromosome. When R2 is introduced into P. aeruginosa strains containing either the recA908 or recA102 mutation, plasmid-mediated UV resistance and Weigle reactivation are not observed. These observations suggest that the increased protection afforded to P. aeruginosa by R2 is derived from a RecA-mediated, DNA-damage-inducible, error-prone DNA repair system which complements the lack of a chromosomally encoded umuDC-like operon.

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