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The Escherichia coli recA gene increases resistance of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ionizing and ultraviolet radiation

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The Escherichia coli recA protein coding region was ligated into an extrachromosomally replicating yeast expression vector downstream of the yeast alcohol dehydrogenase promoter region to produce plasmid pADHrecA. Transformation of the wild-type yeast strains YNN-27 and 7799-4B, as well as the recombination-deficient rad52-t C5-6 mutant, with this shuttle plasmid resulted in the expression of the bacterial 38 kDa RecA protein in exponential phase cells. The wild-type YNN27 and 7799-4B transformants expressing the bacterial recA gene showed increased resistance to the toxic effects of both ionizing and ultraviolet radiation. RecA moderately stimulated the UV-induced mutagenic response of 7799-4B cells. Transformation of the rad52-t mutant with plasmid pADHrecA did not result in the complementation of sensitivity to ionizing radiation. Thus, the RecA protein endows the yeast cells with additional activities, which were shown to be error-prone and dependent on the RAD52 gene.

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Brozmanová, J., Černáková, Ľ., Vlčková, V. et al. The Escherichia coli recA gene increases resistance of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ionizing and ultraviolet radiation. Molec. Gen. Genet. 227, 473–480 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00273940

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Key words

  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • recA gene expression
  • Resistance to ionizing and ultraviolet radiation