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J Mol Biol. 1994 Oct 14;243(1):6-9.

DNA rearrangement of the shufflon determines recipient specificity in liquid mating of IncI1 plasmid R64.

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Department of Biology, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan.

Abstract

The shufflon is a unique DNA rearrangement found in plasmid R64. R64 shufflon consists of four DNA segments, which are flanked and separated by seven 19-bp repeat sequences. Site-specific recombination between any inverted repeats results in a complex DNA rearrangement where four DNA segments invert independently or in groups. The shufflon is a biological switch to select one of the seven C-terminal segments of the pilV gene. To examine the biological significance of the shufflon, R64 derivatives, where the pilV gene was fixed in seven C-terminal segments, were constructed and used as donor cells for liquid mating. The transfer frequencies depended markedly on the combinations of recipient bacterial strains and C-terminal segments of the pilV gene in donor cells, indicating that the shufflon determines the recipient specificity in liquid mating of R64. The products of the pilV genes were found to be a component of thin pili produced by R64.

PMID:
7932741
DOI:
10.1006/jmbi.1994.1625
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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