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Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 1997 Sep;10(7):840-51.

Mobilization, cloning, and sequence determination of a plasmid-encoded polygalacturonase from a phytopathogenic Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) cepacia.

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Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843-2132, USA.

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  • Mol Plant Microbe Interact 1998 Jun;11(6):580.


Phytopathogenic strains of Burkholderia cepacia (synonym Pseudomonas cepacia) produce endopolygalacturonase, whereas strains of clinical and soil origin do not. Growth of a phytopathogenic strain (ATCC25416) at elevated temperatures resulted in nonpectolytic derivatives that were either cured of a resident plasmid or contained a plasmid of reduced mass. The resident 200-kb plasmid (pPEC320) in strain ATCC25416 was tagged with Tn5-Mob. The pPEC320::Tn5-Mob (pPEC321) plasmid was mobilized in B. cepacia strains of soil and clinical origin. Transconjugants containing pPEC321 expressed the endopolygalacturonase and showed differential activity on plant tissue. No evidence for self-transfer of pPEC320 or the tagged derivative was observed. A 285-kb cloned fragment from pPEC320 containing the plasmid-borne pehA gene was sequenced and compared to the pehA gene from Erwinia carotovora subsp. carotovora and Ralstonia solanacearum and the polygalacturonase sequence from Lycopersicon esculentum.

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