The mutagenic potential of 8-oxoG/single strand break-containing clusters depends on their relative positions.
The biological consequences of clusters containing a single strand break and base lesion(s) remain largely unknown. In the present study we determined the mutagenicities of two- and three-lesion clustered damage sites containing a 1-nucleotide gap (GAP) and 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine(s) (8-oxoG(s)) in Escherichia coli. The mutation frequencies (MFs) of bi-stranded two-lesion clusters (GAP/8-oxoG), especially in mutY-deficient strains, were high and were similar to those for bi-stranded clusters...Expand abstract
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