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Regular segregation of composite plasmid Rms201.

By Y Ike, H Hashimoto and S Mitsuhashi

Abstract

Copy number mutants Rms201ts15 and Rms201ts16 were isolated at 30 degrees C from a temperature-sensitive replication mutant (Rms201ts14) of the conjugative plasmid Rms201. The numbers of plasmids per chromosome of ML1410(Rms201ts14), ML1410(Rms201ts15), and ML1410(Rms201ts16) grown at 30 degrees C were 2.2, 7.4, and 20, respectively. The synthesis of covalently closed circular plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid stopped in Rms201ts14, Rms201ts15, and Rms201ts16 immediately after a "shift-up" in temperature (42 degrees C). At 42 degrees C, antibiotic-sensitive derivatives appeared after a certain lag time: the lag times of ML1410(Rms201ts14), ML1410(Rms201ts15), and ML1410(Rms201ts16) were 2.5, 5, and 6.8 generations, respectively. After these times, plasmid-positive cells in the populations decreased at a rate of about 50% per generation in all of the mutants. From these results we conclude that plasmid segregation (partition) of Rms201 occurs by regular segregation (partition)

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1981
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:216237
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