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Complete nucleotide sequence of a linear plasmid from Streptomyces clavuligerus and characterization of its RNA transcripts.


ABSTRACT: The complete nucleotide sequence of a small linear plasmid (pSCL1) from Streptomyces clavuligerus has been determined. This plasmid is 11,696 bp in length, has a 72% G+C content, and has approximately 900-bp inverted terminal repeat sequences. A comparison of the inverted terminal repeats of pSCL1 with those of a linear plasmid from S. rochei shows that the two terminal sequences have a high degree of similarity (approximately 70%). Several small inverted repeats found in the long terminal sequences of both plasmids are also conserved. An analysis of the sequence and codon preferences indicates that pSCL1 has seven or eight highly probable protein-coding open reading frames (ORFs). However, only two RNA species encoded by pSCL1 were detected in S. clavuligerus grown in liquid culture. The larger of these transcripts (900 nucleotides) corresponds to an ORF and is likely to be an mRNA for a protein similar to the KorA protein of pIJ101. The smaller transcript (460 nucleotides) does not correspond to any ORF; however, its 5' end is complementary to the 5' end of a predicted mRNA, suggesting that it may function as an antisense RNA. The larger of the two RNA species was present at a high level during the early stage of growth in liquid medium, and then its apparent rate of transcription decreased and remained at a lower level through the later stages; the level of the smaller RNA species remained relatively constant through all stages of growth.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC196095 | BioStudies | 1993-01-01T00:00:00Z

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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