A mutant of Salmonella typhimurium strain LT2 that is deficient in a major deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) polymerase activity has been isolated and characterized. This mutant resembles the pol mutants of E. coli in that it has low DNA polymerase activity and it is sensitive to methyl methane sulfonate as well as ultraviolet irradiation. Revertants selected for methyl methane sulfonate resistance are no longer sensitive to ultraviolet irradiation and contain normal DNA polymerase levels. No direct role in replication can be ascribed to this polymerase activity since cells grow well in its absence. In addition, the LT2 plasmid has been shown to exist in the mutant strain
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