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Mini-F plasmid-induced SOS signal in Escherichia coli is RecBC dependent.

Dispensable replicons such as F plasmid [95 kilobases (kb)] or its mini-derivatives such as mini-F (9.3 kb) or lambda mini-F efficiently induced cellular SOS genes such as sfiA (sulA) when they were damaged by UV irradiation and then introduced into a recipient bacterium. To generate an SOS signal, UV light-damaged mini-F or mini-F conditional mutants deficient in replication required that the bacterial RecBC enzyme retained some activity different from the nuclease activity that was dispensable. In contrast, UV light-damaged F plasmid produced an SOS signal independently of the activity of the RecBC enzyme and of the expression of the mini-F, -H, and -G proteins. Our findings are consistent with a picture in which the SOS signal is constituted by stretches of single-stranded DNA on a replicon. Moreover, our present data combined with other data previously published lead to the hypothesis that the SOS signal induced by mini-F plasmid is located in trans on the host chromosome, whereas the one generated by UV light-damaged F plasmid is in cis on the transferred DNA.[1]


  1. Mini-F plasmid-induced SOS signal in Escherichia coli is RecBC dependent. Bailone, A., Sommer, S., Devoret, R. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1985) [Pubmed]
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