Format

Send to

Choose Destination
J Mol Biol. 1985 Jan 5;181(1):27-39.

Nucleotide sequence and genetic organization of the genome of the N-specific filamentous bacteriophage IKe. Comparison with the genome of the F-specific filamentous phages M13, fd and f1.

Abstract

The nucleotide sequence and genetic organization of the genome of the N-specific filamentous single-stranded DNA phage IKe has been established and compared with that of the F-specific filamentous phages M13, fd and f1 (Ff). The IKe DNA sequence comprises 6883 nucleotides, which is 476 (475) nucleotides more than the nucleotide sequence of the Ff genome. The data indicate that IKe and Ff have evolved from a common ancestor (overall homology approx. 55%) and that their genomes contain ten homologous genes, the order of which is identical. Similar to Ff, the major coat protein and the gene III-encoded pilot protein of IKe are synthesized via precursor molecules. The extent of homology between the genes of IKe and Ff differs significantly from one gene to another. Genes that code for viral capsid proteins are less homologous than genes whose products are involved in the processes of DNA replication and phage morphogenesis. During evolution, large nucleotide sequence rearrangements have occurred in the gene (gene III) whose product is needed for the attachment of the virion to the conjugative pili of the host cell, suggesting that these rearrangements have led to phages with different host specificities. Extensive nucleotide sequence homology was noted between the structural elements involved in DNA replication and phage morphogenesis, indicating that the mechanisms involved in DNA replication and morphogenesis are highly conserved.

PMID:
3981635
DOI:
10.1016/0022-2836(85)90322-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center