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Mol Gen Genet. 1987 Dec;210(2):203-10.

Complementation of Bacillus subtilis polA mutants by DNA polymerase I from Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas, C.S.I.C., Madrid, Spain.


The polA gene of Streptococcus pneumoniae cloned in the recombinant plasmid pSM22 is expressed in Bacillus subtilis. Extracts of B. subtilis polA mutants containing pSM22 showed 6 times more DNA polymerase activity than extracts of wild-type cells without the plasmid. Complete complementation of the B. subtilis polA5 and polA59 mutations with respect to in vivo resistance to UV irradiation and methyl methanesulfonate was observed when four copies of the pneumococcal polA gene were present in each cell. Ectopic integration of the polA gene together with a cat marker into the chromosome of B. subtilis gave chromosomal insertions containing single and double doses of the pneumococcal polA gene. Correlation with gene dosage was observed for both chloramphenicol acetyltransferase and DNA polymerase activities measured in vitro. Depending on the number of copies of the S. pneumoniae polA gene present, restoration of DNA repair functions in polA mutants of B. subtilis was either partial or complete.

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