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Synthesis of linear plasmid multimers in Escherichia coli K-12.

Linear plasmid multimers were identified in extracts of recB21 recC22 strains containing derivatives of the ColE1-type plasmids pACYC184 and pBR322. A mutation in sbcB increases the proportion of plasmid DNA as linear multimers. A model to explain this is based on proposed roles of RecBC enzyme and SbcB enzyme (DNA exonuclease I) in preventing two types of rolling-circle DNA synthesis. Support for this hypothesis was obtained by derepressing synthesis of an inhibitor of RecBC enzyme and observing a difference in control of linear multimer synthesis and monomer circle replication. Reinitiation of rolling-circle DNA synthesis was proposed to occur by recA+-dependent and recA+-independent recombination events involving linear multimers. The presence of linear plasmid multimers in recB and recC mutants sheds new light on plasmid recombination frequencies in various mutant strains.[1]


  1. Synthesis of linear plasmid multimers in Escherichia coli K-12. Cohen, A., Clark, A.J. J. Bacteriol. (1986) [Pubmed]
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