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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 Dec;71(12):7778-80.

Effects of long-term storage on plasmid stability in Bacillus anthracis.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd., MS G34, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. cdk5@cdc.gov

Abstract

The plasmid profiles of 619 cultures of Bacillus anthracis which had been isolated and stored between 1954 and 1989 were analyzed using the Laboratory Response Network real-time PCR assay targeting a chromosomal marker and both virulence plasmids (pXO1 and pXO2). The cultures were stored at ambient temperature on tryptic soy agar slants overlaid with mineral oil. When data were stratified by decade, there was a decreasing linear trend in the proportion of strains containing both plasmids with increased storage time (P < 0.001). There was no significant difference in the proportion of strains containing only pXO1 or strains containing only pXO2 (P = 0.25), but there was a statistical interdependence between the two plasmids (P = 0.004). Loss of viability of B. anthracis cultures stored on agar slants is also discussed.

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