Simultaneous treatment of Escherichia coli cultures with methyl-nitrosoguanidine and mitomycin C induces recA-dependent inhibition of respiration but not inhibition of cell division. This pattern of SOS functions expression is the same as that is found following treatment with methyl-nitrosoguanidine alone and contrary to the pattern induced after mitomycin C addition. The same result is obtained when a culture of E. coli RecA441 (formerly tif) is shifted to 42°C and treated simultaneously with methyl-nitrosoguanidine. The suppressor effect of this compound over the pattern of SOS functions expression induced by mitomycin C or high temperature in recA441 mutants is directly related to the increase in its dose. Moreover, the division temperature-sensitive mutant ftsA treated with methyl-nitrosoguanidine and high temperature does not show any decrease in its normal filamentous growth when cultured at 42°C. This indicates that the effect of methyl-nitrosoguanidine on the recA-independent inhibition of cell division is not due to any indiscriminate effect of this compound over the division process. These results suggest that the specific kind of lesion caused in DNA is very important in determining which SOS function is induced. © 1984.
|Journal||Mutation Research DNA Repair Reports|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1984|