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Phylogenetic analysis of the pPT23A plasmid family of Pseudomonas syringae

Ma, Z., Smith, J. J., Zhao, Y., Jackson, R. W., Arnold, D. L., Murillo, J. and Sundin, G. W. (2007) Phylogenetic analysis of the pPT23A plasmid family of Pseudomonas syringae. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73 (4). pp. 1287-95. ISSN 0099-2240

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The pPT23A plasmid family of Pseudomonas syringae contains members that contribute to the ecological and pathogenic fitness of their P. syringae hosts. In an effort to understand the evolution of these plasmids and their hosts, we undertook a comparative analysis of the phylogeny of plasmid genes and that of conserved chromosomal genes from P. syringae. In total, comparative sequence and phylogenetic analyses were done utilizing 47 pPT23A family plasmids (PFPs) from 16 pathovars belonging to six genomospecies. Our results showed that the plasmid replication gene (repA), the only gene currently known to be distributed among all the PFPs, had a phylogeny that was distinct from that of the P. syringae hosts of these plasmids and from those of other individual genes on PFPs. The phylogenies of two housekeeping chromosomal genes, those for DNA gyrase B subunit (gyrB) and primary sigma factor (rpoD), however, were strongly associated with genomospecies of P. syringae. Based on the results from this study, we conclude that the pPT23A plasmid family represents a dynamic genome that is mobile among P. syringae pathovars.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:10043
Uncontrolled Keywords:Base Sequence, Molecular Sequence Data, Phylogeny, Plasmids/analysis/*genetics, Pseudomonas syringae/*classification/genetics
Additional Information:Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. In this paper, I sequenced two plasmid replication genes that were included in a DNA analysis to examine phylogenetic associations.

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