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Mol Gen Genet. 1993 Dec;241(5-6):579-85.

Characterization of the effectors required for stable inheritance of Streptococcus pyogenes pSM19035-derived plasmids in Bacillus subtilis.

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Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.


The low-copy-number and broad-host-range pSM19035-derived plasmid pBT233 is stably inherited in Bacillus subtilis cells. Two distinct regions, segA and segB, enhance the segregational stability of the plasmid. Both regions function in a replicon-independent manner. The maximization of random plasmid segregation is accomplished by the recombination proficiency of the host or the presence of the pBT233 segA region. The segA region contains two open reading frames (orf) [alpha and beta]. Inactivation or deletion of orf beta results in SegA- plasmids. Better than random segregation requires an active segB region. The segB region contains two orfs (orf epsilon and orf zeta). Inactivation of either of the orfs does not lead to an increase in cell death, but orf zeta- plasmids are randomly segregated. These results suggest that pBT233 stabilization relies on a complex system involving resolution of plasmid oligomers (segA) and on the function(s) encoded by the segB region.

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