Degradative Plasmids of Gram-negative Bacteria

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J. Kostal and K. Demnerova

Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague


The review sumarizes up-to-date information on majority of published degradative plasmids found in Gram-negative bacteria. Different plasmids are compared which code for similar or identical properties, that may, however, differ in many features such a size, conjugative properties, stability and number and properties of coded enzymatic activities, metabolic pathways of degraded chemicals are also discussed. The history of research on bacterial degradative plasmids is also briefly described.


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