Allison E. Weber

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The dynamics of a chemostat culture of Escherichia coli K12 harboring plasmid pBR322 under prolonged cultivation with a nonselective complex medium were studied. The ability of the culture to form colonies on plates supplemented with different ampicillin concentrations was monitored. It was observed that almost all cells sampled were able to grow on a high(More)
The stability, copy number, and gene expression of the pBR322 plasmid containing the par-locus under prolonged cultivation were studied. In the initial stage of the experiment it was observed that the par-locus had a stabilization effect on plasmid maintenance. This observation was consistent with previously reported results. However, after approximately(More)
The effects of forced oscillations in the dilution rate on a population of Escherichia coli K12 harboring the plasmid pBR322 in a chemostat with a nonselective medium were studied. In the constant dilution rate control experiments, the percentage of plasmid-containing cells decreased after a long lag time. Eventually, the culture approached a population(More)
A simple procedure is developed to process experimental data from plasmid maintenance studies of recombinant cells in a chemostat with nonselective medium. This procedure, based on the model proposed by Imanaka and Aiba, provides quantitative information on the rate of plasmid loss and the difference in the specific growth rate between the plasmid-carrying(More)
The effects of forced square-wave perturbations in the dilution rate on plasmid maintenance and gene expression of a population ofEscherichia coli K12 strain carrying the vector plasmid pBR322 grown in a chemostat with a non-selective medium were studied. It was observed that in the control experiments, where the dilution rates were kept constant, the(More)
The stability and gene expression of plasmid pBR322 in a chemostat with complex non-selective medium at different dilution rates were studied. It was observed that pBR322 was eventually lost from the population after a long lag period. The rate of plasmid loss decreases with decreasing dilution rate. This result is different from those obtained with cells(More)
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