Characterization of eight excision plasmids of Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola

Les J. Szabo, Dallice Mills

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Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola strain LR719 contains a 150 kilobase pair (kb) plasmid pMC7105, stably integrated into its chromosome. Occasionally, single colony isolates of this strain contain an excision plasmid. Eight unique excision plasmids were selected and characterized by BamHI restriction endonuclease and blot hybridization analyses. These plasmids ranged in size from 35 to 270 kb; the largest contained approximately 130 kb of chromosomal DNA sequences. Restriction maps of pMC7105 were developed to deduce the site of integration and to identify the fragments in which recombination occurred to produce each excision plasmid. The eight excision plasmids were arranged into five classes based on the sites where excision occurs. A 20 kb region of pMC7105, which includes BamHI fragment 9 and portions of adjacent fragments, is present in all excision plasmids and thought to contain the origin of replication. The site of integration on pMC7105 maps within BamHI fragment 8. This fragment shows homology with seven other BamHI fragments of pMC7105 and with five chromosomal fragments identified among the excision plasmids. The data strongly suggest that the integration of pMC7105 may have occurred at a repetitive sequence present on the chromosome and on the plasmid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-95
Number of pages6
JournalMGG Molecular & General Genetics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1984


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