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Tubercle. 1990 Mar;71(1):43-9.

Does Mycobacterium tuberculosis have plasmids?

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Department of Microbiology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.


Evidence of the presence of plasmids in Mycobacterium tuberculosis is lacking, whereas they are widespread in some other mycobacterial species. We examined, by agarose gel electrophoresis, a total of 197 clinical isolates of M. tuberculosis, mostly resistant to one or more antibiotics, and were able to detect bands of apparently extrachromosomal DNA at a low level in some isolates. These presumptive plasmids could not be isolated by CsCl/ethidium bromide gradient ultracentrifugation, and may consist of unusual forms of DNA. The possible existence of single stranded plasmid DNA is discussed.

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