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Mol Gen Genet. 1981;183(2):356-62.

Postreplication repair-defective mutants of Drosophila melanogaster fall into two classes.


Primary cell cultures derived from embryos of a control stock of Drosophila melanogaster respond to ultraviolet light within the first hour after exposure with a decline in thymidine incorporation and a decline in the ability to form newly synthesized (nascent) DNA in long segments. Cells derived from two nonallelic excision-defective mutants (mei-9 and mus201) exhibit the same quantitative decline in both phenomena as do control cells. In contrast, cells from five nonallelic postreplication repair-defective mutants (mei-41, mus101, mus205, mus302 and mus310) respond to ultraviolet light by synthesizing nascent DNA in abnormally short segments. Two of these five mutants (mus302 and mus310) also exhibit unusually low thymidine incorporation levels after irradiation, whereas the other three mutants display the normal depression of incorporation. These results indicate that excision repair does not influence the amount or the length of nascent DNA synthesized in Drosophila cells within the first hour after exposure to ultraviolet light. Of the five mutations that diminish postreplication repair, only two reduce the ability of irradiated cells to synthesize normal amounts of DNA.

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