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Plasmid. 1989 Sep;22(2):132-42.

Shuttle plasmids constructed by the transformation of an Escherichia coli cloning vector into two Deinococcus radiodurans plasmids.

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Department of Pathology, F. E. Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.


An Escherichia coli plasmid that confers kanamycin resistance (Kmr) was inserted into the large Deinococcus radiodurans cryptic plasmids pUE10 and pUE11, yielding pS28 and pS19. The method of insertion involved both in vitro splicing and the natural transformation of D. radiodurans and yielded full-length clones in E. coli of pUE10 and pUE11. Both pS28 and pS19 replicated and expressed Kmr in E. coli and D. radiodurans. In both pS28 and pS19, D. radiodurans plasmid sequences were immediately upstream from the Kmr determinant. Transformation experiments suggested that Kmr expression in D. radiodurans was initiated in upstream D. radiodurans sequences. Restriction maps of pS28 and pS19 showed that each plasmid contained three MraI sites. Both pS28 and pS19 transformed the MraI-producing D. radiodurans strain R1 at low frequencies. D. radiodurans strain Sark, which naturally contains pUE10 and pUE11, was transformed by pS28 and pS19 at much higher frequencies. A Sark derivative that was cured for pUE10 was isolated by screening Sark/pS28 subisolates for loss of kanamycin resistance.

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