RecBC enzyme overproduction affects UV and gamma radiation survival of Deinococcus radiodurans

DNA Repair (Amst). 2008 Jan 1;7(1):40-7. doi: 10.1016/j.dnarep.2007.07.007. Epub 2007 Aug 27.


Deinococcus radiodurans recovering from the effect of acute dose of gamma (gamma) radiation shows a biphasic mechanism of DNA double strands breaks repair that involves an efficient homologous recombination. However, it shows higher sensitivity to near-UV (NUV) than Escherichia coli and lacks RecBC, a DNA strand break (DSB) repair enzyme in some bacteria. Recombinant Deinococcus expressing the recBC genes of E. coli showed nearly three-fold improvements in near-UV tolerance and nearly 2 log cycle reductions in wild type gamma radiation resistance. RecBC over expression effect on radiation response of D. radiodurans was independent of indigenous RecD. Loss of gamma radiation tolerance was attributed to the enhanced rate of in vivo degradation of radiation damaged DNA and delayed kinetics of DSB repair during post-irradiation recovery. RecBC expressing cells of Deinococcus showed wild type response to Far-UV. These results suggest that the overproduction of RecBC competes with the indigenous mechanism of gamma radiation damaged DNA repair while it supports near-UV tolerance in D. radiodurans.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA Repair
  • Deinococcus / enzymology
  • Deinococcus / genetics
  • Deinococcus / radiation effects*
  • Exodeoxyribonuclease V / metabolism*
  • Gamma Rays*
  • Kinetics
  • Radiation Tolerance*
  • Ultraviolet Rays*


  • DNA Primers
  • Exodeoxyribonuclease V