Sequence analysis of the Lactococcus lactis temperate bacteriophage BK5-T and demonstration that the phage DNA has cohesive ends

J. D. Boyce, B. E. Davidson, A. J. Hillier

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The Lactococcus lactis temperate bacteriophage BK5-T is a type phage in the lactococcal phage classification (A. W. Jarvis, G. F. Fitzgerald, M. Mata, A. Mercenier, H. Neve, I. B. Powell, C. Ronda, M. Saxelin, and M. Teuber, Intervirology 32:2-9, 1991). The nucleotide sequence of 18,935 bp of the genome of BK5-T was determined and analyzed for the presence of open reading frames and other structural features. Thirty-two open reading frames longer than 60 codons were identified, and these appeared to be grouped into at least seven transcriptional units. A search of the nucleotide sequence for restriction sites identified a small number of discrepancies with the previously published physical map of the BK5-T genome (G. Lakshmidevi, B. E. Davidson, and A. J. Hillier, Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 54:1039-1045, 1988). Subsequent analysis of restriction digests of BK5-T DNA which were heated prior to electrophoresis indicated that BK5-T DNA was not terminally redundant as previously reported but contained cohesive ends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4089-4098
Number of pages10
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 1995
Externally publishedYes

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