Inducible DNA polymerase I synthesis in a UV hyper-resistant mutant of Escherichia coli

Mutat Res. 1987 Feb;190(2):77-81. doi: 10.1016/0165-7992(87)90035-2.


A mutant of Escherichia coli which is more resistant to shortwave UV light than its wild-type parent strain and which can synthesise DNA polymerase I constitutively has been further analysed. It carries two mutational alleles which are located about 1.5 min apart and cotransducible by P1 with the argH locus. The two mutational alleles have been segregated and their analysis shows that one of them is responsible for UV hyper-resistance whereas the other mutation confers UV sensitivity. Recombinant plasmids carrying various sections of the polA regulatory region, linked to a galK gene, were introduced into the mutant strains. Analysis of galactokinase shows that the enzyme activity in the UV hyper-resistant mutant is increased. The results suggest that the synthesis of DNA polymerase I in E. coli is inducible.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Bacterial Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / physiology
  • DNA Polymerase I / biosynthesis*
  • DNA Polymerase I / genetics
  • Enzyme Induction / drug effects
  • Escherichia coli / enzymology*
  • Escherichia coli / genetics
  • Escherichia coli / radiation effects
  • Galactokinase / biosynthesis
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Operon
  • Radiation Tolerance
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Repressor Proteins / physiology
  • Ultraviolet Rays


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Galactokinase
  • DNA Polymerase I