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Mol Gen Genet. 1982;185(1):111-9.

Postreplication repair in Neurospora crassa.


Changes in the molecular weight of nascent DNA made after ultraviolet (UV) irradiation have been studied in the excision-defective Neurospora mutant uvs-2 using isotopic pulse labeling, alkaline gradient centrifugation and alkaline filter elution. Both the size of nascent DNA and the rate of incorporation of label into DNA was reduced by UV light in a dose dependent manner. However, this DNA repair mutant did recover the ability to synthesize control-like high molecular weight DNA 3 hours after UV treatment, although the rate of DNA synthesis remained depressed after the temporary block to elongation (or ligation) had been overcome. Photoreactivation partially eliminated the depression of DNA synthesis rate and UV light killing of cells, providing strong evidence that the effects on DNA synthesis and killing were caused by pyrimidine cyclobutane dimers. The caffeine inhibition repair studies performed were difficult to quantitate but did suggest either partial inhibition of a single repair pathway or alternate postreplication DNA repair pathways in Neurospora. No enhancement in killing was detected after UV irradiation when cells were grown on caffeine containing plates.

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