Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 147, Issue 3, pp 315–323 | Cite as

Properties of plasmids constructed by the in vitro insertion of DNA fromRhizobium leguminosarum orProteus mirabilis into RP4

  • A. E. Jacob
  • Janet M. Cresswell
  • R. W. Hedges
  • J. N. Coetzee
  • J. E. Beringer


Plasmids have been constructed by insertion of DNA fromRhizobium leguminosarum orProteus mirabilis into RP4 (an R factor of group P). Such recombinant plasmids retain the wide host range of the parental plasmid, being as efficiently transmissible as the unmodified RP4 and are stably maintained in rapidly growing cultures.

The recombinant plasmids, even though each contained a DNA sequence absolutely identical with that of the host strain, are no more efficient at mobilizing the transfer of chromosomal genetic information from that host strain than was unmodified RP4. We therefore conclude that an unknown factor must be essential in the process of chromosome mobilization and rate limiting for that process.


Genetic Information Recombinant Plasmid Host Range Host Strain Unknown Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. E. Jacob
    • 1
  • Janet M. Cresswell
    • 2
  • R. W. Hedges
    • 1
  • J. N. Coetzee
    • 2
  • J. E. Beringer
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BacteriologyRoyal Postgraduate Medical SchoolLondonEngland
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of PretoriaRepublic of South Africa
  3. 3.John Innes InstituteNorwichEngland

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