Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.310, No.1, 94-97, 2003
Characterisation of plasmids purified from Acetobacter pasteurianus 2374
Four cryptic plasmids pAP1, pAP2, pAP3, and pAP4 with their replication regions AP were isolated from Gram-negative bacteria Acetobacter pasteurianus 2374 and characterised by sequence analyses. All plasmids were carrying the kanamycin resistance gene. Three of four plasmids pAP2, pAP3, and pAP4 encode an enzyme that confers ampicillin resistance to host cells. Moreover, the tetracycline resistance gene was identified only in pAP2 plasmid. All plasmids are capable to coexist with each other in Acetobacter cells. On the other hand, the coexistence of more than one plasmid is excluded in Escherichia coli. The nucleotide sequence of replication regions showed significant homology. The nucleotide and protein sequence analyses of resistance genes of all plasmids were compared with transposons Tn3, Tn10, and Tn903 which revealed significant differences in the primary structure, however no functional changes of gene were obtained. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.