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Summary R6-5 is a low copy number, conjugative, FII incompatibility group plasmid that has a molecular length of 102 kb and that specifies resistance against several antibiotics (chloramphenicol, fusidic acid, kanamycin, streptomycin and sulphonamide) and mercury salts. By means of in vitro cloning procedures, mini plasmids have been generated that contain a DNA segment from the essential region of R6-5 that is only 2.6 kb in length. This DNA segment, which consists of two PstI fragments that are adjacent in the parent plasmid, carries all genes and sequences required for the regulated replication and incompatibility properties of R6-5, including its origin of replication, OriV, an essential function that has been designated RepA, and the copy control function, Cop. Three different polypeptides, having monomer molecular weights of 23,000, 10,000 and 9,500 daltons, are synthesized in detectable quantities by minicells carrying pBR322 hybrid plasmids that contain DNA segments from the R6-5 essential region. A spontaneous deletion derivative of a pBR322 hybrid plasmid that carries the R6-5 origin of replication was isolated. Heteroduplex analysis of this derivative plasmid indicates that the deleted DNA segment carries the R6-5 replication origin and that its termini consist of short inverted repeat sequences.
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