Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 224, Issue 1, pp 129–135

Use of recA803, a partial suppressor of recF, to analyze the effects of the mutant Ssb (single-stranded DNA-binding) proteins in vivo and in vitro

  • Murty V. V. S. Madiraju
  • Alvin J. Clark

DOI: 10.1007/BF00259459

Cite this article as:
Madiraju, M.V.V.S. & Clark, A.J. Molec. Gen. Genet. (1990) 224: 129. doi:10.1007/BF00259459


We examined the possibility that the ssb-1 and ssb-113 mutants exert some of their effects by interfering with the normal function of wild-type RecF protein. Consistent with this possibility, we found that recA803, which partially suppresses recF mutations, also partially suppresses both ssb mutations, as detected by an increase in UV resistance. No evidence was obtained for suppression of the defect in lexA regulon inducibility caused by the ssb mutations. Consequently we suggest that suppression occurs by increasing recombinational repair. In vitro tests of Ssb mutant and wild-type proteins revealed that the single-stranded DNA dependent ATPase activity of RecA protein is more susceptible to inhibition than the joint-molecule-forming activity. All three Ssb proteins inhibit the ATPase activity of RecA wild-type protein almost completely while under similar conditions they inhibit the joint-molecule-forming activity only slightly. Both activities of RecA803 protein were found to be less inhibited by the three Ssb proteins than those of RecA wild-type protein. This is consistent with the suppressing ability of recA803. We found no evidence to contradict the previously proposed hypothesis that ssb-1 affects recombinational repair by acting as a weaker form of Ssb protein. We found, however, only very weak evidence that Ssb-113 protein interferes directly with recombinational repair so that the possibility that it interferes with a normal function of RecF protein must remain open.

Key words

recA803 ssb mutation recF Recombinational repair Escherichia coli 

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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Murty V. V. S. Madiraju
    • 1
  • Alvin J. Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, c/o Stanley/Donner ASUUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA