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Mol Gen Genet. 1994 Dec 15;245(6):741-9.

Studies on the mechanism of reduction of UV-inducible sulAp expression by recF overexpression in Escherichia coli K-12.

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Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 94720.


UV-inducible sulAp expression, an indicator of the SOS response, is reduced by recF+ overexpression in vivo. Different DNA-damaging agents and amounts of RecO and RecR were tested for their effects on this phenotype. It was found that recF+ overexpression reduced sulAp expression after DNA damage by mitomycin C or nalidixic acid, recO+ and recR+ overexpression partially suppressed the reduction of UV-induced sulAp expression caused by recF+ overexpression. The requirement for ATP binding to RecF to produce the phenotype was tested by genetically altering the putative phosphate binding cleft of recF in a way that should prevent the mutant recF protein from binding ATP. It was found that a change of lysine to glutamine at codon 36 results in a mutant recF protein (RecF4115) that is unable to reduce UV-inducible sulAp expression when overproduced. It is inferred from these results that recF overexpression may reduce UV-inducible sulAp expression by a mechanism that is sensitive to the ability of RecF to bind ATP and to the levels of RecO and RecR (RecOR) in the cell, but not to the type of DNA damage per se. Models are explored that can explain how recF+ overexpression reduces UV induction of sulAp and how RecOR overproduction might suppress this phenotype.

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