Effect of Plasmids on Cell Division and on the Cell Envelope of Escherichia coli

  • Kurt Nordström
  • Birgitta Engberg
  • Petter Gustafsson
  • Søren Molin
  • Bernt Eric Uhlin
Part of the Topics in Infectious Diseases book series (TIDIS, volume 2)


Plasmids are replicating DNA molecules that are present in a stable number of copies per cell in an exponentially growing population of bacteria (1,2). They directly affect the phenotype of their host bacteria by carrying genes mediating antibiotic resistance, bacteriocin production, catabolic functions, etc. (1,3). However, apart from these direct effects, the presence of plasmids in a cell may also indirectly affect the phenotype of the host bacterium.


Gene Dosage Bacteriocin Production Plasmid Copy Plasmid Copy Number Conjugal Transfer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Nordström
  • Birgitta Engberg
    • 1
  • Petter Gustafsson
  • Søren Molin
  • Bernt Eric Uhlin
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of UmeåSweden

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