Repair of psoralen-induced crosslinks in cells multiply infected with SV40
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- Hall, J.D. Molec Gen Genet (1982) 188: 135. doi:10.1007/BF00333007
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Experiments were conducted to study the relationship between the production of interstrand crosslinks by 4,5′,8-trimethylpsoralen (psoralen) in simian virus 40 DNA and the ability of psoralen to inactivate the virus. Under conditions where only single viral particles enter a given host cell, approximately one crosslink was lethal to the virus and could not be repaired. In contrast, when multiple viral genomes infected a host cell, psoralen-induced crosslinks were repaired (multiplicity reactivation). A model is proposed for multiplicity reactivation which involves genetic recombination between damaged viral genomes.
simian virus 40