Table 2.8Features of typical plasmids

Type of plasmidGene functionsExamples
ResistanceAntibiotic resistanceRbk of Escherichia coli and other bacteria
FertilityConjugation and DNA transfer between bacteriaF of E. coli
KillerSynthesis of toxins that kill other bacteriaCol of E. coli, for colicin production
DegradativeEnzymes for metabolism of unusual moleculesTOL of Pseudomonas putida, for toluene metabilism
VirulencePathogenicityTi of Agrobacterium tumefaciens, conferring the ability to cause crown gall disease on dicotyledonous plants

From: Chapter 2, Genome Anatomies

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