Effect of metal ions on the adaptive response induced by N-methyl-N-nitrosourea in Escherichia coli.

Induction of the adaptive response was quantified by analysis of beta-galactosidase released after the treatment of Escherichia coli CHS26/pYM3 (ada'-lacZ') with N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU). Of the 15 metal ions examined, only Cd++ and Hg++ inhibited induction of the adaptive response with neither severe suppression of cell growth nor inhibition of the… CONTINUE READING