Mutants of yeast sensitive to ultraviolet light

J Bacteriol. 1967 Sep;94(3):571-5. doi: 10.1128/jb.94.3.571-575.1967.


Six uvr mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae with hypersensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) light were isolated after mutagen treatment with ethylmethanesulfonate. UV sensitivity ranges from moderate to extreme, and four of the mutants are also sensitive to nitrous acid. Ranking in terms of UV sensitivity does not parallel ranking in terms of nitrous acid sensitivity. Homozygous diploid mutant strains are somewhat less sensitive than the corresponding haploids. All mutations are recessive. None of the mutants is sensitive to gamma rays, and each shows photoreactivation after UV radiation. Complementation tests and tetrad analysis indicate that each strain represents mutation in a different gene. Two of the uvr genes are linked, and two others are centromere-linked.

MeSH terms

  • Genetics
  • Light
  • Mutagens / pharmacology*
  • Mutation*
  • Nitrites / pharmacology
  • Saccharomyces / drug effects
  • Saccharomyces / radiation effects*
  • Sulfonic Acids / pharmacology
  • Ultraviolet Rays


  • Mutagens
  • Nitrites
  • Sulfonic Acids