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The Escherichia coli F plasmid gene required for amino-terminal acetylation of F-pilin subunits was identified. Using Western blots (immunoblots), we assayed the reaction of monoclonal antibodies with F-pilin polypeptides in inner membrane preparations from various F mutant strains. It was known that JEL92 recognizes an internal pilin epitope and JEL93(More)
A series of plasmids that carry overlapping segments of F DNA encoding the genes in the traB-traC interval was constructed, and a restriction enzyme map of the region was derived. Plasmids carrying deletions that had been introduced at an HpaI site within this interval were also isolated. The ability of these plasmids to complement transfer of F lac(More)
Plasmid conjugation systems are composed of two components, the DNA transfer and replication system, or Dtr, and the mating pair formation system, or Mpf. During conjugal transfer an essential factor, called the coupling protein, is thought to interface the Dtr, in the form of the relaxosome, with the Mpf, in the form of the mating bridge. These proteins,(More)
Toxocara canis can infect a number of hosts including mice and humans. In the murine host, larvae exhibit a predilection for the central nervous system, resulting in an increasing number of parasites migrating to the brain as infection progresses. Previous studies have shown that larval burdens vary between individual outbred mice receiving the same(More)
Toxocara canis, the parasitic roundworm of dogs, can infect a number of paratenic hosts, such as mice and humans, due to the widespread dissemination of its ova in the environment. In these paratenic hosts, larvae have been shown to exhibit a predilection for the central nervous system, resulting in an increasing number of parasites migrating to the brain(More)
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