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Genetika. 1983 Jul;19(7):1081-90.

[Detection and characterization of the plasmids of the plague microbe which determine the synthesis of pesticin I, fraction I antigen and "mouse" toxin exotoxin].

[Article in Russian]


Plasmid DNA was isolated from Yersinia pestis strains containing pesticin I or fraction I antigen and "mouse" toxin determinants. Specificity of DNA preparations was studied by using them for transformation of plague agent strains carrying no plasmids. pPstI plasmid (molecular weight 7,0-7,8 MD) encoded pesticin I, fibrinolysin and plasmacoagulase synthesis. Fraction I antigen and "mouse" toxin production determinants were borne on pFraI/Tox plasmid (molecular weight about 50 MD). The observation that some Y. pestis cultures, having lost the ability to synthesize one of pFraI/Tox products, still retained this plasmid in their cells, is regarded as an evidence for a complicated regulation of pFraI/Tox function.

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