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Genetic organization of a plasmid from an industrial wastewater bioreactor

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Abstract

Pseudomonas strain CT14 was isolated from activated sludge. Strain CT14 contained a 55, 216 bp plasmid that was characterized by sequence analysis. The plasmid had a modular structure with 51 open reading frames (ORFs) that were distributed between two clearly demarcated domains. Domain I primarily contained genes for plasmid-related functions and a novel origin of replication. Domain II bore evidence of extensive transposition and recombination. Domain II contained several genes from a meta-cleavage pathway for aromatic rings. These genes appeared to have been recruited from different hosts. This observation suggests that sequencing pCT14 may have revealed an intermediate stage in the evolution of a new assemblage of meta-cleavage pathway genes.

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Bramucci, M., Chen, M. & Nagarajan, V. Genetic organization of a plasmid from an industrial wastewater bioreactor. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 71, 67–74 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-005-0119-2

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Keywords

  • Activate Sludge
  • Inverted Repeat
  • Direct Repeat
  • Transposase Gene
  • Chlorocatechol