PMID: 6419026Jan 1, 1984Paper

Intracellular effects of phage phi W-14 DNA on transformation of Bacillus subtilis

Molecular & General Genetics : MGG
P LópezR A Warren


Uptake of transforming DNA by competent Bacillus subtilis cells in the presence of phage phi W-14 DNA (in which half the thymine residues are replaced by alpha-putrescinyl-thymine) is accompanied by a decrease in the amount of trichloracetic acid-precipitable label of the former retained by recipient cells during subsequent incubation. Fractionation of lysates of cells incubated for 0.5 min at 37 degrees C after DNA uptake at 30 degrees C in the presence of low concentrations of phi W-14 DNA (0.1 microgram/ml) demonstrated the presence of single-stranded transforming DNA molecules, typical for DNA taken up by B. subtilis. The intracellular effect of phi W-14 DNA was enhanced by an increase in its concentration (to 0.5-1 microgram/ml), or by increasing the temperature of uptake (to 37 degrees C). With either of these treatments transforming DNA taken up was found in the form of a broad asymmetric band, indicative of degradation, and partially located at the density characteristic for single-stranded molecules. Fractionation of lysates of cells treated (0.1 microgram/ml) or untreated with phi W-14 DNA, and incubated for 20 min at 37 degrees C after DNA uptake, showed disappearance of the single-stranded band. Donor DNA label was ...Continue Reading


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