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Plasmids Other Than F

  • Edward A. Birge
Part of the Springer Series in Microbiology book series (SSMIC)

Abstract

The diversity of plasmids which have been identified is staggering. In one study of hospital isolates of various enteric bacteria and Pseudomonas, 34 out of 87 isolates tested contained a minimum of one plasmid type, and many contained more than one type of plasmid. Plasmids are also present in nonpathogenic bacteria and have been demonstrated to play an important role in the adaptation of the host cell to its environment. A recent catalog listed more than 1000 different naturally occurring plasmids, isolated primarily from Gram-negative organisms. E. coli alone is reported to have 269 naturally occurring plasmids. When other bacteria such as the Gram-positive organisms or the cyanobacteria are more fully investigated, the number of plasmids is certain to be increased.

Keywords

Proteus Mirabilis Incompatibility Group Resistance Plasmid Transfer Origin Cesium Sulfate 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward A. Birge
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  1. 1.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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