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Plasmid. 1986 May;15(3):199-209.

The minimal replicon of a streptomycete plasmid produces an ultrahigh level of plasmid DNA.

Abstract

A functional map of Streptomyces coelicolor plasmid SCP2* was deduced from derivatives constructed by in vitro deletions. Functions were analyzed on bifunctional shuttle plasmids that contained pBR322 for selection and replication in Escherichia coli and fragments of SCP2* for replication in Streptomyces griseofuscus C581 and strains of Streptomyces lividans. The aph gene for neomycin resistance from Streptomyces fradiae and the tsr gene for thiostrepton resistance from Streptomyces azureus were incorporated as selectable antibiotic resistance markers in streptomycetes. An 11.8-kb sequence bounded by EcoRI and KpnI restriction sites contains the information for self-transfer and normal replication of the plasmid. A 5.9-kb EcoRI-SalI fragment contains all of the information for normal replication. Partial digestion generated a 2.2-kb Sau3A fragment that is sufficient for replication but it produces ten times higher plasmid copy number than the basic replicon. pHJL400 and PHJL401 are useful shuttle vectors containing the moderate-copy-number streptomycete plasmid combined with the E. coli plasmid pUC19. A 1.4-kb BclI-Sau3A fragment with an additional internal BclI site contains the minimal replicon but it produces 1000 times higher plasmid copy number than the basic replicon. pHJL302 is a useful shuttle vector containing the ultrahigh-copy-number streptomycete plasmid combined with the E. coli plasmid pUC19.

PMID:
3012613
DOI:
10.1016/0147-619x(86)90038-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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