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Mol Gen Genet. 1985;201(2):186-91.

Mechanism of sbcB-suppression of the recBC-deficiency in postreplication repair in UV-irradiated Escherichia coli K-12.


The mechanism by which an sbcB mutation suppresses the deficiency in postreplication repair shown by recB recC mutants of Escherichia coli was studied. The presence of an sbcB mutation in uvrA recB recC cells increased their resistance to UV radiation. This enhanced resistance was not due to a suppression of the minor deficiency in the repair of DNA daughter-strand gaps or to an inhibition of the production of DNA double-strand breaks in UV-irradiated uvrA recB recC cells; rather, the presence of an sbcB mutation enabled uvrA recB recC cells to carry out the repair of DNA double-strand breaks. In the uvrA recB recC sbcB background, a mutation at recF produced a huge sensitization to UV radiation, and it rendered cells deficient in the repair of both DNA daughter-strand gaps and DNA double-strand breaks. Thus, an additional sbcB mutation in uvrA recB recC cells restored their ability to perform the repair of DNA double-strand breaks, but the further addition of a recF mutation blocked this repair capacity.

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