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Andreoni, F, Darmon, E, Poon, WC and Leach, DR (2010) Overexpression of the single-stranded DNA-binding protein (SSB) stabilises CAG*CTG triplet repeats in an orientation dependent manner. FEBS Lett. 584:153-8


The stability and deletion-size-distribution profiles of leading strand (CAG)(75) and (CTG)(137) trinucleotide repeat arrays inserted in the Escherichia coli chromosome were investigated upon overexpression of the single-stranded DNA-binding protein (SSB) and in mutant strains deficient for the SbcCD (Rad51/Mre11) nuclease. SSB overexpression increases the stability of the (CAG)(75) repeat array and leads to a loss of the bias towards large deletions for the same array. Furthermore, the absence of SbcCD leads to a reduction in the number of large deletions in strains containing the (CTG)(137) repeat array.


PubMed Online version:10.1016/j.febslet.2009.11.042


DNA, Single-Stranded/genetics; DNA, Single-Stranded/metabolism; DNA-Binding Proteins/genetics; DNA-Binding Proteins/metabolism; Deoxyribonucleases/genetics; Escherichia coli/genetics; Escherichia coli/metabolism; Escherichia coli Proteins/genetics; Escherichia coli Proteins/metabolism; Exonucleases/genetics; Genomic Instability; Sequence Deletion; Trinucleotide Repeats/genetics


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