Transfer of the genes for the StyLTI restriction-modification system of Salmonella typhimurium to strains lacking modification ability results in death of the recipient cells and degradation of their DNA

O De Backer, C Colson

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The genes encoding the restriction-modification system StyLTI of Salmonella typhimurium were inserted in vivo into the conjugative plasmid pULB21. This allowed us to transfer the StyLTI genes at a very high frequency and to monitor the fate of recipient cells after mating. Transfer of the StyLTI restriction and modification genes into a modificationless recipient was lethal and resulted in degradation of the cell's DNA. This indicates that, in contrast to any other known restriction-modification systems, StyLTI cannot be established after horizontal transfer into a naive host.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1328-30
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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