In a particular genetic system, selection stimulates reversion of a lac mutation and causes genome-wide mutagenesis (adaptive mutation). Selection allows rare plated cells with a duplication of the leaky lac allele to initiate clones within which further lac amplification improves growth rate. Growth and amplification add mutational targets to each clone and thereby increase the likelihood of reversion. We suggest that general mutagenesis occurs only in clones whose lac amplification includes the nearby dinB+ gene (for error-prone DNA polymerase IV). Thus mutagenesis is not a programmed response to stress but a side effect of amplification in a few clones; it is not central to the effect of selection on reversion.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Oct 28 2003|
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