We have studied the levels of recA and umuC protein synthesis in Escherichia coli as a probe for regulatory and mechanistic events involved in mitomycin C mutagenesis. Both RecA and UmuC protein induction were greatly stimulated by mitomycin C in the wild-type strain, reached a peak at about 60 min for the recA gene, and at 90 min for the umuC gene, respectively, and maintained a plateau. The induction was blocked by recA and lexA(Ind-) mutations that conferred no mutagenesis on the cell. Mutation affecting uvrA protein markedly decreased induction of the recA gene as well as the umuC gene by mitomycin C. The results established that UvrA protein is involved in the induction of recA and umuC, and account, at least in part, for the mitomycin C nonmutability of uvrA mutants. © 1985.
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