Prophage Attachment and Detachment: Comparison of Phages P2 and λ

  • G. Bertani
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For several years our laboratory has been engaged in the study of various aspects of bacteriophage P2, and in particular its behavior in the establishment of lysogeny. At the same time, another temperate bacteriophage, A, has been studied intensively in a number of laboratories, so much so that it has practically become paradigmatic in the study of lysogeny. We feel however that the continued detailed study of P 2 is very desirable because this phage differs from X in at least three properties, which we believe are of rather general biological interest: (a) P2 is not inducible, (b) P2 recombines with extremely low frequency, (c) P2 attaches itself at a variety of sites on the host-chromosome.


Recombination Mechanism Host Bacterium Host Chromosome High Molecular Weight Complex Barren Region 
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  • G. Bertani
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  1. 1.Karolinska InstitutetStockholm 60Sweden

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