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Gene. 1985;33(3):305-11.

Cloning of the DNA repair genes mtcA, mtcB, uvsC, uvsD, uvsE and the leuB gene from Deinococcus radiodurans.

Abstract

A gene library from Deinococcus radiodurans has been constructed in the cosmid pJBFH. A 51.5-kb hybrid cosmid, pUE40, that transduced Escherichia coli HB101 from leucine dependence to independence was selected, and a 6.9-kb fragment which carried the leuB gene from D. radiodurans was subcloned into the EcoRI site of pAT153. The DNA repair genes mtcA, mtcB, uvsC, uvsD and uvsE, which code for two D. radiodurans UV endonucleases were identified by transforming appropriate repair-deficient mutants of D. radiodurans to repair proficiency with DNA derived from the gene library. Hybrid cosmid pUE50 (37.9 kb) containing an insert carrying both the mtcA and mtcB genes was selected and 5.6- and 2.7-kb DNA fragments carrying mtcA and mtcB, respectively, i.e., the genes that code for UV endonuclease alpha, were subcloned into the EcoRI site of pAT153. The three genes uvsC, uvsD and uvsE, that code for UV endonuclease beta, were all present in the 46.0-kb hybrid cosmid pUE60. The uvsE gene in a 12.2-kb fragment was subcloned into the HindIII site of pAT153 and the size of the insert reduced to 6.1 kb by deletion of a 6.7-kb fragment from the hybrid plasmid pUE62. None of the uvs genes introduced into the UV-sensitive E. coli CSR603 (uvrA-) was able to complement its repair defect. The mtcA, uvsC, uvsD and uvsE genes were found in the 52.5-kb hybrid cosmid pUE70. It is concluded that the DNA repair genes mtcA, mtcB, uvsC, uvsD and uvsE are located within an 83.0-kb fragment of the D. radiodurans genome.

PMID:
2989093
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