Effect of the plasmid ColIb-P9 on cellular processes related to DNA repair

V. M. Kopylov, I. A. Khmel, I. P. Vorobjeva, V. A. Lipasova, M. N. Kolot

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The plasmid ColIb-P9 introduced into Escherichia coli K12 umuC mutant cells suppresses the deficiencies in mutagenesis and repair of mutants after UV-irradiation. These data suggest that ColIb-P9 encodes a product with a function similar to that of the chromosomal gene umuC. Tn 5 insertion mutants of ColIb-P9 were isolated with an altered ability to restore UV-mutagenesis in the umuC mutant. The same plasmid mutations were shown to eliminate the effects of ColIb-P9 on UV-mutagenesis, survival after UV and mitomycin C treatment, reactivation of UV-irradiated λ in unirradiated cells, Weigle-reactivation, induction of colicin E1 synthesis. The ColIb-P9 genes responsible for the enhancement of UV-mutagenesis were cloned within a 14 Md SalI fragment. Their location was established by restriction analysis of the mutant plasmid ColIb 6-13::Tn 5. While the action of the plasmids ColIb-P9 and pKM101 is similar, these plasmids were shown to have opposite effects on cell survival and colicin E1 synthesis after mitomycin C treatment. A study of the mutant plasmids ColIb::Tn 5 and pGW12 (muc- mutant of pKM101) has shown the difference in the effects of ColIb-P9 and pKM101 to be associated with the plasmid genes responsible for the protective and mutagenesis-enhancing effects of these plasmids in UV-irradiated cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-524
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular Genetics and Genomics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1984
Externally publishedYes


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