What is a concatomer?

Bernard Murray, PhD spam at
Fri Nov 19 16:42:18 EST 1999

In article <2750ac20.f0ed247a at usw-ex0107-043.remarq.com>, susanne
<srohrerNOsrSPAM at immv.unizh.ch.invalid> wrote:

> A concatemer is a number of DNA segments joined to each other by
> overlapping ends. Bacteriophage lambda, e.g. makes concatemers.

I would normally refer to that as a tandem-repeat or multimer.
I don't dispute the above definition but I've also seen concatamer used
to describe circular pieces of DNA joined in a literal chain-like
manner (two *separate* circles interlinked).
   I'll be happy to be corrected...


Bernard P. Murray, PhD
bpmurray at cgl . ucsf . edu
Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF

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