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Mol Gen Genet. 1997 Oct;256(4):387-96.

Transposon-like structure of a new plasmid-encoded restriction-modification system in Rhizobium leguminosarum VF39SM.

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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, AB, Canada.


Total DNA isolated from Rhizobium leguminosarum VF39SM cells is resistant to cleavage by the restriction endonuclease PstI. Plasmid curing and transfer studies localized this phenotype to pRleVF39b, the second smallest of six plasmids found in this bacterium. In vitro selection for vector modification was employed to isolate a presumptive methylase gene (M.Rle39BI) from a plasmid gene library. Total and plasmid DNAs isolated from E. coli containing M.RleBI were resistant to digestion by PstI. Sequence data suggested that a putative restriction endonuclease (R.Rle39BI) was also encoded on the same fragment. The two genes were flanked by identical copies of a putative insertion sequence, which was also present in several copies elsewhere in the VF39SM genome. The presence of this element in other strains examined suggested that this element is indeed an insertion sequence. The differences in G/C content between the DNA coding for the R/M system and that of the IS element suggest that this DNA region may have been acquired by horizontal transfer.

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