What is a concatomer?

Bernard Murray, PhD spam at
Sun Nov 21 03:34:20 EST 1999

In article <38369324.A0DC2DFD at uni-konstanz.de>,
Frank.Fackelmayer at uni-konstanz.de wrote:

> "Bernard Murray, PhD" wrote:

> > 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...
> chain-like interconnected DNA circles (like e.g. plasmids incompletely
> separated after replication due to limiting gyrase activity) are usually
> referred to as CATENANES, not concatemers. Concatemers are linear
> multimers of the same DNA molecule, as pointed out by the other posters
> before.

I am happy to be corrected :-)


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

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