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Plasmid. 1991 Jan;25(1):27-39.

Organization of the agropine synthesis region of the T-DNA of the Ri plasmid from Agrobacterium rhizogenes.

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Laboratoire de Biologie Cellulaire INRA, Versailles, France.


The agropine/mannopine synthesis region of the TR region of the Ri plasmid of Agrobacterium rhizogenes strain A4 was localized on the basis of sequence similarity with probes from Ti plasmids of Agrobacterium tumefaciens and analysis of transposon insertions. The nucleotide sequence of the right part of the TR-DNA of pRiA4, encompassing the three genes involved in mannityl-opine synthesis, was determined and compared to the sequence of the corresponding region of the octopine-type Ti plasmid pTi15955. The organization of this region is strongly conserved between Ri and Ti plasmids, but the similarity is restricted to the coding sequences: no homology was detected in the 5' and 3' flanking sequences. The mas1' and ags proteins are the most conserved, showing more than 68% amino acid conservation, whereas the mas2' proteins are only 59% identical. Significant G/C content and codon usage differences are observed between pTi15955 and pRiA4. An open reading frame strongly similar to that of bacterial repressors is situated immediately to the right of the TR region.

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