Integration and excision of pMC7105 in Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola: Involvement of repetitive sequences

L. J. Szabo, D. Mills

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Abstract

The site for integration of pMC7105 into the chromosome of Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola has been mapped to a 2.6-kilobase-pair (kb) BglII-EcoRI fragment on this 150-kb indigenous plasmid. Selected excision plasmids resulting from imprecise excision of pMC7105 were used to identify one of the plasmid-chromosome juncture fragments and to characterize the mechanism of recombination from the chromosome. A 14.2-kb BamHI plasmid-chromosome juncture fragment has been identified in pEX8060 (234 kb), an excision plasmid which carries approximately 90 kb of chromosomal sequences to the left of the site of integration. This fragment contains a portion of the 2.6-kb BglII-EcoRI fragment as well as chromosomal sequences. Blot hybridization with a probe made from selected fragments of pMC7105 revealed three distinct repetitive sequences, RS-I, RS-II, and RS-III, on this plasmid. The 2.6-kb fragment, to which the site of integration maps, also contains RS-II. Five copies of RS-II are present in pMC7105, and more than 20 copies are present in the chromosome. Eight small excision plasmids were shown to result from recombination among fragments of pMC7105 that contain common repetitive sequences. The results indicate that integration and excision of pMC7105 occur through general recombination at homologous repetitive sequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-827
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Volume157
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

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