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Effect of a lexA41(Ts) mutation on DNA repair in recA(Def) derivatives of Escherichia coli K-12.

Derivatives of Escherichia coli K-12 carrying a deletion of the recA gene survive exposure to UV (254 nm) better if they also contain the lexA41 mutation which codes for a labile LexA protein. This effect of the lexA41 mutation is not observed in comparable strains carrying a uvr A6 mutation. Using two independent methods to detect pyrimidine dimers we found that UV irradiated RecA deficient cells removed dimers from their DNA more rapidly if they contained the lexA41 mutation than if they contained the wild-type lexA gene. Our results are consistent with the idea that a relatively high level of UvrABC incision nuclease resulting from inefficient repression of the corresponding genes by the labile LexA41 protein facilitates excision of pyrimidine dimers from the DNA of UV irradiated cells.[1]


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