> bionet/microbiology #6086, from chris.michiels at agr.kuleuven.ac.be,
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> Article: 7138 of bionet.microbiology
> From: Chris Michiels <chris.michiels at agr.kuleuven.ac.be>
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> Subject: Re: Curing plasmids from a strain
> Date: Wed, 04 Jun 1997 14:03:21 -0700
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>> Dr Martin Goldberg wrote:
> > I have a strain with a pBR322-based plasmid and I want to cure the
> > strain of this plasmid. Is there any way of achieving this without
> > using agents such as ethidium bromide? I am considering
> > the plasmid by transforming the strain with pBR322 or one of its
> > other derivatives and selecting for this latter plasmid. Has anybody
> > opinion on this approach or are there any more elegant methods?
> > If your pBR322-derivative still confers tetracyclin resistance on
the host (E. coli?),
> you could try with a positive selection procedure for loss of
> This has been described for E. coli, and is based on the fact that
> resistance results in sensitivity to fusaric acid. Loss of TC
resistance can be
> selected by resistance to fusaric acid. This allows you to select for
> of the plasmid. If you don't find a reference, I'm sure I can find it.
> Best regards,
>> Chris Michiels
> Lab Food Microbiology
> Leuven, Belgium
A standard way of "accidentally" curing Rhizobium of plasmids is to keep
them at elevated temperatures that are not "lethal". This is the least
invasive way of losing plasmids.
University of Reading, UK.