Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Megaplasmids in Archaea

    1. Shiladitya DasSarma, Melinda Capes, Priya DasSarma
      Pages 3-30
  3. Megaplasmids and Biodegradation

  4. Megaplasmids in Plant Symbionts and Pathogens

    1. Frédérique Barloy-Hubler, Mohamed Jebbar
      Pages 91-118
    2. Katsunori Suzuki, Katsuyuki Tanaka, Shinji Yamamoto, Kazuya Kiyokawa, Kazuki Moriguchi, Kazuo Yoshida
      Pages 133-147
  5. Megaplasmids in Human Pathogens

    1. Charles J. Dorman
      Pages 151-170
    2. Sarah L. Howard, Philippa C.R. Strong, Brendan W. Wren
      Pages 171-186
  6. Megaplasmids and Special Metabolic Functions

    1. Max Mergeay, Sébastien Monchy, Paul Janssen, Rob Van Houdt, Natalie Leys
      Pages 209-238
    2. Petra Ganas, Gabor L. Igloi, Roderich Brandsch
      Pages 271-282
    3. Daniel Bröker, Alexander Steinbüchel
      Pages 297-309
    4. Paul W. O'Toole, Emma J. Raftis
      Pages 311-325
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-348

About this book


Megaplasmids are extrachromosomal genetic elements in the size range of 100 kb and larger. They are found in physiologically and phylogenetically diverse groups of bacteria and archaea. By definition, megaplasmids are not essential for the viability of their hosts under all growth conditions, but paradoxically many megaplasmids carry the genetic information for the defining and characteristic traits of the organism in which they reside.

Microbial Megaplasmids reviews our knowledge of the extensively studied representatives, such as the catabolic plasmids of the pseudomonads, the rhizobial Sym plasmids, the Ti plasmids of the genus Agrobacterium and the giant enterobacterial virulence plasmids. It also presents snapshots of more recently discovered megaplasmids. The contribution of megaplasmids to the biology of their hosts is described, highlighting the interactions between megaplasmid and chromosomal genes.


Archea Biodegradation Chromosome Human bacterial pathogens Pathogen Plant pathogens Plant-microbe interactions bacteria genes genetic information

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut fuer Biologie, MikrobiologieHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-85466-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-85467-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1862-5576
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