Microbial Linear Plasmids

  • Editors
  • Friedhelm Meinhardt
  • Roland Klassen

Part of the Microbiology Monographs book series (MICROMONO, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Susanne Fetzner, Stephan Kolkenbrock, Katja Parschat
    Pages 63-98
  3. Isolde Francis, Dirk Gevers, Mansour Karimi, Marcelle Holsters, Danny Vereecke
    Pages 99-115
  4. Roland Klassen, Friedhelm Meinhardt
    Pages 187-226
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 247-252

About this book


Linear plasmids of microbes represent a heterogenous group of extrachromosomal genetic elements initially assumed to be rare and peculiar. However, we now know that they are fairly frequently occurring plasmids in bacterial and eukaryotic species. Viral strategies to avoid shortening of the linear molecules during replication imply a common ancestry. Linear plasmids may be beneficial, neutral or detrimental for the respective host; functions include production of protein toxins, specific catabolic capabilities, antibiotic resistance, pathogenicity factors, and senescence induction.

Microbial Linear Plasmids constitutes the first attempt to comprehensively assemble current knowledge of different types of such elements, highlight recent developments in the field, and challenge the distinction between viruses and linear plasmids.


Chromosom Extrachromosomal elements Prophages Replication Retroplasmids Streptomyces Telomere Virus microbe transcription

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