New patterns of bulk DNA repair in ultraviolet irradiated mouse embryo carcinoma cells following differentiation

Istvan Rasko, Milka Georgieva, Gabriella Farkas, Miklos Santha, Julia Coates, Kornel Burg, David L. Mitchell, Robert T. Johnson

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Mouse embryocarcinoma stem cells differentiate in culture, given the appropriate induction. We examined whether these cells could provide information about the regulation of nucleotide excision repair in relation to differentiation by measuring the rate-limiting incision step, the removal of cyclobutane dimers and (6-4) photoproducts from the genome as a whole and the effect of the bacteriophage T4 endonuclease (denV) gene on repair in differentiated cells. It was found that differentiation is accompanied by a marked decline in the early incision ability after UV irradiation (sixfold for P19, fourfold for PCC7 and twofold for F9), and we measured, in parallel, the loss of two common UV photoproducts [cyclobutane dimers and (6-4) photoproducts] from P19 cells. After differentiation, the excellent overall cyclobutane dimer repair capacity of proliferating cells (84% removal in 24 h) is lost (no removal in 24 h), while removal of (6-4) photoproducts, although normal at 24 h (94%), is much slower than in undifferentiated P19 at 3 h (no removal versus 64%). The presence of the denV gene greatly stimulates the repair of cyclobutane dimers in undifferentiated P19 cells (94% removal at 3 h versus 40%) and also in differentiated cells (50% removal at 24 h versus no removal). The denV gene also stimulates the early repair of (6-4) photoproducts in both differentiated and undifferentiated cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-255
Number of pages11
JournalSomatic Cell and Molecular Genetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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