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Tsitol Genet. 2008 Jan-Feb;42(1):73-90.

[Interaction of RNA-containing bacteriophages with the host cells: MS2-induced E. coli mutants and formation of DNA-containing derivatives of MS2 bacteriophage].

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Sensitive cells of Escherichia coli AB 259 Hfr 3000 infected with RNA-containing phage MS2 produce phage particles and continue to divide showing segregation of sensitive cells maintaining new infection cycles. Phage multiplication in sensitive cells gives rise to phage resistant forms in their progeny. The described phenomenon has been shown to be due not to pre-existing phage-resistant cell selection but is a result of interaction of the phage and the cell. In contrast to the usual spontaneous or chemically induced Escherichia coli mutants MS2-induced phage-resistant cells are genetically unstable. During their reproduction they segregate new MS2-resistant types carrying more significant changes in the region coded by the sex factor. Cells belonging to two final MS2-induced mutants also produce a new type of phages; they are DNA-containing forms neutralized, however, by anti-MS2 serum. Production of such phage proves that genetic moiety of RNA-containing phage is able to be expressed as a part of the DNA structure.

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