Evidence for mutagenic repair in V79 cell mutant with aphidicolin-resistant DNA polymerase-alpha

Somat Cell Mol Genet. 1984 May;10(3):235-45. doi: 10.1007/BF01535246.


An aphidicolin-resistant ( aphr ) mutant of Chinese hamster V79 cells, aphr -4-2, is shown to be slow-growing, sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, hypermutable for spontaneous and UV-induced mutations, and known to contain an aphr mutant DNA polymerase-alpha, with a 10-fold reduction in the Km for dCTP but not for dATP. We show here that the mutant had a normal repair replication measured by unscheduled DNA synthesis assay. The mutant was specifically sensitive and hypermutable to UV and N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine, but it had normal sensitivity to ionizing radiation and dimethyl sulfate. Unlike the V79 (wt) cells, the mutant exhibited further enhancement in the already elevated mutability following UV and conditioned medium treatment. The mutant characteristic is explained by the presence of an error-prone long-patch excision repair synthesis. The association in the mutant properties--an aphr DNA polymerase-alpha, UV sensitivity, and hypermutability to UV-induced mutation--provides the genetic evidence that DNA polymerase-alpha is likely to be involved in UV-induced DNA repair synthesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aphidicolin
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Survival / drug effects
  • Cricetinae
  • Cricetulus
  • DNA Polymerase II / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • DNA Repair*
  • DNA Replication / drug effects
  • DNA Replication / radiation effects
  • Diterpenes / toxicity*
  • Hydroxyurea / toxicity
  • Lung
  • Methylnitronitrosoguanidine / toxicity
  • Mutagens / toxicity
  • Mutation*
  • Ultraviolet Rays


  • Diterpenes
  • Mutagens
  • Methylnitronitrosoguanidine
  • Aphidicolin
  • DNA Polymerase II
  • Hydroxyurea