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Mol Microbiol. 1992 Mar;6(5):605-13.

Zygotic induction of plasmid ssb and psiB genes following conjugative transfer of Incl1 plasmid Collb-P9.

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Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, UK.


The Incl1 conjugative plasmid Collb-P9 carries a psiB gene that prevents induction of the SOS response in host bacteria. This locus is located 2.5 kb downstream of the ssb (single-stranded DNA-binding protein) gene in the leading region. This portion of Collb is strikingly similar to part of the leading region of the otherwise distinct F plasmid. Expression of psiB and ssb is increased when the host cell is exposed to an SOS-inducing treatment or the Collb transfer system is derepressed. Moreover, expression of both genes on a derepressed plasmid is strongly enhanced in conjugatively infected recipient cells. Carriage of the psiB gene by Collb is shown to prevent a low level of SOS induction following conjugation. Plasmid ssb and psiB genes may function to promote installation of the replicon in the new cell.

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