Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 206, Issue 3, pp 428–435 | Cite as

Replication of the streptococcal plasmid pMV158 and derivatives in cell-free extracts of Escherichia coli

  • Gloria del Solar
  • Ramon Diaz
  • Manuel Espinosa


pMV158 is a 5.4 kb broad host range multicopy plasmid specifying tetracycline resistance. This plasmid and two of its derivatives, pLS1 and pLS5, are stably mantained and express their genetic information in gram-positive and gram-negative hosts. The in vitro replication of plasmid pMV158 and its derivatives was studied in extracts prepared from plasmid-free Escherichia coli cells and the replicative characteristics of the streptococcal plasmids were compared to those of the E. coli replicons, ColE1 and the mini-R1 derivative pKN182. The optimal replicative activity of the E. coli extracts was found at a cellular phase of growth that corresponded to 2 g wet weight of cells per litre. Maximal synthesis of streptococcal plasmid DNA occurred after 90 min of incubation and at a temperature of 30° C. The optimal concentration of template DNA was 40 μg/ml. Higher plasmid DNA concentrations resulted in a decrease in the incorporation of dTMP, indicating that competition of specific replication factor(s) for functional plasmid origins may occur. In vitro replication of plasmid pMV158 and its serivatives required the host RNA polymerase and de novo protein synthesis. The final products of the streptococcal plasmid DNAs replicated in the E. coli in vitro system were monomeric supercoiled DNA forms that had completed at least one round of replication, although a set of putative replicative intermediates could also be found. The results suggest that a specific plasmid-encoded factor is needed for the replication of the streptococcal plasmids.

Key words

In vitro replication Streptococcal plasmids Plasmid DNA synthesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria del Solar
    • 1
  • Ramon Diaz
    • 1
  • Manuel Espinosa
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas Velazquez, 144MadridSpain

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