The molecular structure of the transducing particles ofSalmonella phageP22
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CsCl density gradient analysis showed that the DNA of plaque forming particles ofSalmonella phageP22 is lighter than the host DNA. The DNA of transducing phages exhibits an intermediate density, but close to host DNA. BU labelling of DNA synthesized in the cells after phage infection resulted in a density increase of transducing DNA of about 0.004 gxcm-3, whereas infectious DNA increased by about 0.045 gxcm-3. Shearing of isolated DNA molecules from unlabelledP22 lysates demonstrated that transducing DNA consists of two pieces of DNA of different density: 90% stem from the bacterial host whereas 10% are phage DNA and therefore responsible for the BU lable in transducing phages.
KeywordsMolecular Structure Density Gradient Density Increase CsCl Gradient Analysis
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