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Gene. 1997 Mar 18;187(2):225-9.

Recombination between a resident plasmid and the chromosome following irradiation of the radioresistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans.

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Department of Pathology, F.E. H├ębert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814-4799, USA.


Interplasmidic and intrachromosomal recombination in Deinococcus radiodurans has been studied recently and has been found to occur at high frequency following exposure to ionizing radiation. In the current work, we document plasmid-chromosome recombination following exposure of D. radiodurans to 1.75 Mrad (17.5 kGy) 60Co, when the plasmid is present in the cell at the time of irradiation. Recombination is assayed using both physical and allelic polymorphisms of homologous genes in the plasmid and chromosome. Recombination was found to be largely, but not entirely, recA-dependent. Crossovers occur frequently, and a significant fraction of these are non-reciprocal.

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