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A genomic library of Physarum was constructed in the replacement vector EMBL3. Efficient propagation of the recombinant phages occurred only on the recBC-sbcB- host Escherichia coli CES200, which is deficient in the exonucleases I and V. Thirteen different recombinants with actin-related sequences were detected and 10 were purified from 90,000 plaques (the(More)
We have tested the hypothesis which stipulates that only early-replicating genes are capable of expression. Within one cell type of Physarum - the plasmodium - we defined the temporal order of replication of 10 genes which were known to be variably expressed in 4 different developmental stages of the Physarum life cycle. Southern analysis of(More)
Electron microscope spread preparations of nuclear chromatin derived from early S-phase of Physarum reveal 'beads on a string' for nonreplicated and a portion of newly replicated chromatin. Many of the early replicons contain transcription units as visualized by nascent transcripts. They are, in most cases, arranged in continuous length gradients on both(More)
The chronological sequence of replication for the four unlinked actin gene loci of Physarum has been established. Southern hybridization analysis of density-labeled, bromodeoxyuridine-substituted DNA isolated from defined periods of S phase demonstrates that three actin loci (ardB, ardC, ardD) are duplicated early, corresponding to the first 10% of the(More)
High-resolution flow cytometry, using avian erythrocytes as an internal standard, was employed to study constitutive genome size variation of G2-phase nuclei of Physarum polycephalum strains during the macroplasmodial stage of their life cycle. Our results document a previously unknown extent of genome size variation and mixoploidy in this organism. The(More)
Orthophosphate labeled with (32)P was added to the growth medium of the plasmodia of Physarum polycephalum. The nucleic acid extracts of such plasmodia contained (32)P that was not removed by nuclease, protease, or amylase. This labeled material was shown to be separable from nucleic acids, could be eluted from a methylated albumin-kieselguhr column at 0.5(More)
Fruiting body formation (sporulation) is a distinctive, irreversible differentiation process in the life cycle of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum. The most important requirement for sporulation of Physarum is a period of starvation, and normally sporulation proceeds in the light. It is shown here that by omitting the liquid sporulation medium and(More)