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Differential effects of cisplatin and MNNG on dna mutants of Escherichia coli

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Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology



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Cisplatin; DNA Repair; DNA, Bacterial; Dose-Response Relationship, Drug; Drug Resistance, Microbial; Escherichia coli; Genes, Bacterial; Methylnitronitrosoguanidine; Mutagens; *Mutation; Rifampin; Temperature


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


DNA mismatch repair (MMR) in mammalian cells or Escherichia coli dam mutants increases the cytotoxic effects of cisplatin and N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (MNNG). We found that, unlike wildtype, the dnaE486 (alpha catalytic subunit of DNA polymerase III holoenzyme) mutant, and a DnaX (clamp loader subunits) over-producer, are sensitive to cisplatin but resistant to MNNG at the permissive temperature for growth. Survival of dam-13 dnaN159 (beta sliding clamp) bacteria to cisplatin was significantly less than dam cells, suggesting decreased MMR, which may be due to reduced MutS-beta clamp interaction. We also found an elevated spontaneous mutant frequency to rifampicin resistance in dnaE486 (10-fold), dnaN159 (35-fold) and dnaX36 (10-fold) strains. The mutation spectrum in the dnaN159 strain was consistent with increased SOS induction and not indicative of MMR deficiency.

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Citation: Mutat Res. 2005 Oct 15;578(1-2):406-16. Link to article on publisher's site

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Mutation research

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