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Appl Environ Microbiol. Apr 1990; 56(4): 864–871.
PMCID: PMC184313

Characterization of Propionibacterium plasmids.


Plasmid DNAs from 15 Propionibacterium strains were characterized by using restriction endonuclease analyses, DNA-DNA hybridizations, and curing experiments. Restriction endonuclease analysis identified seven distinct plasmids (pRGO1 through pRGO7). Detailed restriction maps were constructed for four of these plasmids. DNA-DNA hybridization analysis revealed that plasmids pRGO1 and pRGO2 had extensive sequence homology and that both were homologous to pRGO7 and to similar sequences of pRGO5. Plasmids pRGO4 and pRGO6 did not have any significant sequence homology with any of the other plasmids. Plasmid pRGO3 had partial sequence homology only with pRGO7. Curing of plasmids pRGO1, pRGO2, and pRGO5 was achieved by treatment with acriflavin, but we failed to identify any plasmid-encoded bacteriocin production, carbohydrate fermentation, or antibiotic resistance. However, physical evidence was obtained that tentatively linked the clumping phenotype of Propionibacterium jensenii P38 with plasmid pRGO5.

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