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Systems Microbiolo25 - • It encodes for a sex pilus...

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Systems Microbiology o Plasmids: ° Extrachromosomal DNA, usually circular (the distinction is a little fuzzy these days ° They encode the functions for the plasmid to replicate ° When plasmids are lost it’s generally because they fail to keep up with the cell’s replication ° There are high copy and low copy plasmids ° Resistance can be placed on plasmids ° Transposable elements and insertion elements ° Plasmids are a conveniently plastic entity, which helps explain how bacteria can get so resistant to antibiotics so quickly. ° F Plasmid • A lot of early studies made a lot of use of the F factor • It can incorporate itself into the cell’s chromosome, creating an F’ cell (the original origin of replication ends up in the middle)
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Unformatted text preview: • It encodes for a sex pilus, allowing conjugation. F-° F + • Creation of an F’ strain • Hfr Strains • We can map out how long the gene transfer takes in minutes • High resolution Mapping using Hfr strain ° Movie: bacteriophage T4 o Temperate phage and lysogeny o Phage conversion o In some cases phage make cells pathogenic o Specialized transduction (in phage lambda) ° Picks up genes that are flanking the pro-phage o Generalized transduction: sometimes the phage makes a mistake and packages the E. coli DNA instead of the phage DNA ° DNA transposition and transposons o Mobile genetic elements o Bacterial transposable elements o Transposon formation o Strategy for transposon mutagenesis o Mobile elements...
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course MCB MCB2010 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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