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Mol Gen Genet. 1984;193(1):1-7.

Genetic complementation of Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti plasmid mutants in the virulence region.


Mutants with Tn5 insertions in the vir region of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens TiC58 plasmid are unable to form crown-gall tumors. Complementation tests of these vir region mutants were carried out by constructing merodiploids in a recombination-deficient strain. Each merodiploid possessed a mutant TiC58 plasmid and a recombinant plasmid containing either the homologous wild-type DNA region or the homologous region containing a second Tn5 insertion. The analysis identified six complementation groups. Mutations in one of these complementation groups were not complemented in trans and represent a cis-dominant locus. The mutation in one complementation group showed variation in host range.

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