Characterization of spontaneous mutation in the oxyR strain of Escherichia coli

Eiji Yamamura, Tatsuo Nunoshiba, Masakado Kawata, Kazuo Yamamoto

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Abstract

Escherichia coli K-12 strain EY5, deficient in oxyR, was constructed to assess the role of oxyR and oxyR-regulated regulon in spontaneous mutagenesis. Mutagenesis was monitored by selecting two forward mutations of colicin B-sensitive to resistance and valine-sensitive to resistance, one base substitution mutation of rifampicin-sensitive to resistance and one reversion of argE3 his-4 to Arg+ His+. Deficiency of oxyR did not lead to the enhancement of spontaneous mutation frequencies of the four markers tested. By DNA sequence analysis, we determined 49 colicin B-resistant mutants derived from EY5 and found that 37% were base substitutions, 29% IS element insertions, 20% deletions, and 14% single base frameshifts. Among the base substitutions, G:C→T:A transversions predominated followed by G:C→A:T transitions and A:T→T:A transversions. These spectra were essentially the same as those from oxyR+ strains. The results indicate that oxyR and oxyR-regulated genes do not play a significant role in the defense against spontaneous mutagenesls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-432
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Volume279
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Spontaneous mutagenesis
  • oxyR
  • tonB gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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