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Mutat Res. 1980 Apr;70(2):131-8.

Participation of bacteriophage T4 gene 41 in replication repair.


The location of the non-essential T4 mutant uvs79, with defective replication repair, is described. After crosses with double mutants dispersed over the early region of T4, a linkage was observed with the double mutant am41 : am42. For more accurate location, crosses were made with single mutants. Uvs79 proved to be located between mutants amC23 and amN81 in gene 41, as shown by 3-point crosses. No genetic complementation with respect to multiplicity reactivation was found between amN81 and uvs79 after co-infection of an su- host. Apparently, mutant amN81 is disturbed as to replication repair and, owing to its lack of DNA synthesis, also in replication-dependent recombination repair. Consequently, the product of gene 41 has a function additional to its RNA-primer induction during replication of undamaged DNA. Presumably, the product of gene 41 induces RNA primers opposite DNA regions containing lesions. This capability is believed to be specifically affected by the uvs79 mutation.

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