Study of the incompatibility and replication of the 70-kb virulence plasmid of Yersinia

R Bakour, Y Laroche, G Cornelis

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    The 70-kb virulence plasmid, vir, from four Yersinia enterocolitica and one Y. pseudotuberculosis strains are incompatible with IncFI plasmids F'Lac and R386 while they are compatible with plasmids representing nine other incompatibility groups. Hybridization experiments carried out on one of these virulence plasmids showed that it contains the F incompatibility determinant D, incD. This determinant was cloned onto pACYC184 and the recombinant clone expressed incompatibility with F'Lac. We conclude that the incompatibility observed between F or R386 and the 70-kb virulence plasmid of Y. enterocolitica and Y. pseudotuberculosis is mediated by incD. Replication genes (rep) from the same plasmid were cloned independently in Escherichia coli. Rep and incD map on two different BamHI fragments. Surprisingly, the replicon isolated is not sensitive to inc D incompatibility. Apart from incD, vir and F share extremely little homology. In particular, there is no evidence for the presence of an F-like transfer operon on vir.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)279-89
    Number of pages11
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1983


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