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Mol Gen Genet. 1983;189(2):256-62.

Repair of gamma-ray induced DNA strand breaks in the radiation-sensitive mutant rad18-2 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.


The repair of gamma-ray induced DNA single and double-strand breaks was looked at in wild type and rad18-2 strains of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae using sucrose gradient centrifugation. It was found that rad18-2 diploid cells could repair single and double-strand breaks induced by gamma-rays. It was also found that rad18-2 cells experienced a breakup of their DNA during post-irradiation incubation to a size smaller than seen in cells just receiving irradiation. This breakup of DNA in rad18-2 cells is not degradation due to cell death since wild type cells irradiated to similar low survival levels do not show this breakup of DNA with 8 h incubation. The breakup of DNA in rad18-2 cells is not due to replication gaps being formed by synthesis on a damaged template since treatment of rad18-2 a mating type cells with alpha factor, to prevent initiation of DNA synthesis, does not prevent breakup of the DNA.

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