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Summary We have isolated a deletion mutation and a point mutation in the copB gene of the replication region Repl of the IncFI plasmid Co1V2-K94. Subsequently, this copB gene with and without point mutation was cloned and sequenced, and the point mutation was mapped in the coding region of copB with a change of one amino acid from arginine to serine. Furthermore, this copB mutant had an approximately 10-fold increase in copy number. The CopB-phenotype of Co1V2-K94 could be complemented in trans by the copB gene of coresident IncFII plasmids such as R1 and R538, but not R100, suggesting that ColV2-K94 and R1 or R538 contain the same copB allele.
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