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Gene. 1992 Dec 1;122(1):71-6.

tDNA(ser) sequences are involved in the excision of Streptomyces griseus plasmid pSG1.

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Department of Molecular Genetics, Hadassah Medical School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.


Plasmid pSG1 is maintained in some derivatives of Streptomyces griseus NRRL3851 mainly in the chromosomally integrated form (pSG1int). In others, the integrated plasmid is co-maintained with free pSG1 [Cohen et al., Plasmid 13 (1985) 41-50]. The pSG1 plasmid integration site (attP) and the pSG1int-chromosome boundaries (attL and attR) were cloned and sequenced. The results indicate that pSG1int is flanked at attL by a functional tRNA(ser) gene and at attR by a 60-nt sequence of the 3' end of the same tRNA(ser) gene. A single mismatch distinguishes the 60-nt sequence at attR from its direct repeat at attL. The attP site contains a single copy of the 60-nt repeat, identical to the one at attL. This observation indicates that pSG1, like integrating plasmids of other Actinomycetes, is integrated in a tRNA gene and suggests that the exact excision of pSG1int occurs by a recombinational crossing-over event at the first 43 nt of the 60-nt repeat.

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