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J Bacteriol. Aug 1986; 167(2): 487–491.
PMCID: PMC212914

Genetic rearrangements of a Rhizobium phaseoli symbiotic plasmid.


Different structural changes of the Sym plasmid were found in a Rhizobium phaseoli strain that loses its symbiotic phenotype at a high frequency. These rearrangements affected both nif genes and Tn5 mob insertions in the plasmid, and in some cases they modified the expression of the bacterium's nodulation ability. One of the rearrangements was more frequent in heat-treated cells, but was also found under standard culture conditions; other structural changes appeared to be related to the conjugal transfer of the plasmid.

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