Mutants of Staphylococcus aureus deficient in recombinational repair. Improved isolation by selecting for mutants exhibiting concurrent sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation and N-methyl-N′-nitro-N-Nutrosoguanidine

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Recombination-deficient (rec) mutants of Staphylococcus aureus strains 152 and Ps29 were sought by initially screening mutagenized cultures for mutants exhibiting increased sensitivity to both ultraviolet (UV) radiation and N-methyl-N′-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (NG). Mutants thus isolated were analyzed for recombinational ability by transduction, and further characterized in terms of sensitivity to UV, NG, ability to repair UV-irradiated bacteriophage, and spontaneous and UV-induced DNA degradation. Mutagenesis of strain 152 yielded three isolates, one of which was rec, the second potentially lex, and the third possessing an undetermined repair deficiency. Mutagenesis of strain Ps29 resulted in the isolation of one mutant, which exhibited a rec genotype. In searching for rec mutants of S. aureus, the value of initially screening mutagenized cultures for mutants exhibiting concurrent sensitivity to UV and NG, as opposed to screening for UV sensitivity alone, is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-289
Number of pages11
JournalMutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1979


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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