Escherichia coli RecA promotes strand invasion with cisplatin-damaged DNA

A. V. Nimonkar, N. Tanguy Le Gac, G. Villani, P. E. Boehmer

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The antitumor drug cisplatin causes intrastrand cross-linking of adjacent guanine residues that severely distorts the DNA backbone. These DNA adducts impede the progress of the replisome and may result in replication fork arrest. In Escherichia coli, the response to cisplatin involves the action of the prototypic recombinase RecA. Here we show that RecA can utilize, albeit at reduced levels, oligonucleotides that bear site-specific cisplatin-induced 1,2 d(GpG) intrastrand cross-links in strand invasion reactions. Binding of RecA to cisplatin-damaged oligonucleotides was not affected, indicating that the impediment was in the pairing step. The cognate E. coli single-strand DNA-binding protein specifically stimulated strand invasion particularly with cisplatin-damaged DNA. These results indicate that RecA is capable of processing the major cisplatin-induced lesion via a recombination mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-542
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Cisplatin
  • D-loop
  • DNA damage
  • RecA
  • Recombination
  • Single-strand binding protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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