We have isolated an Escherichia coli tester strain for the use in mechanistic and metabolic studies of genotoxins. We started with one of the more used and better characterized E. coli K-12 laboratory strains, AB1157. We isolated a lipopolysaccharide defective mutant of strain AB1886 which is an excision repair deficient derivative of AB1157 and introduced a newly constructed plasmid pKR11, encoding mucAB, resulting in strain MR2101/pKR11. A genotoxicity assay was designed, monitoring the reversion to arginine prototrophy and a preliminary validation was carried out against Ames tester strain TA100 with a set of diagnostic compounds. The results seem to indicate that strain MR2101/pKR11 is an adequate tester strain which can be a useful tool in mechanistic studies. Moreover, this strain can serve as mother strain to isolate improved and more especialized tester strains.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Mutation Research/Environmental Mutagenesis and Related Subjects|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
- E. coli
- Tester strain