With the intent of further exploring the nature of gene conversion in mammalian cells, we systematically addressed the effects of the molecular nature of mutation on the efficiency of intrachromosomal gene conversion in cultured mouse cells. Comparison of conversion rates revealed that all mutations studied were suitable substrates for gene conversion; however, we observed that the rates at which different mutations converted to wild-type could differ by two orders of magnitude. Differences in conversion rates were correlated with the molecular nature of the mutations. In general, rates of conversion decreased with increasing size of the molecular lesions. In comparisons of conversion rates for single base pair insertions and deletions we detected a genotype-directed path for conversion, by which an insertion was converted to wild-type three to four times more efficiently than was a deletion which maps to the same site. The data are discussed in relation to current theories of gene conversion, and are consistent with the idea that gene conversion in mammalian cells can result from repair of heteroduplex DNA (hDNA) intermediates.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Dec 1987|
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