Michael Fennewald

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We have studied the appearance of whole-cell oxidizing activity for n-alkanes and their oxidation products in strains of Pseudomonas putida carrying the OCT plasmid. Our results indicate that the OCT plasmid codes for inducible alkane-hydroxylating and primary alcohol-dehydrogenating activities and that the chromosome codes for constitutive oxidizing(More)
We characterized and mapped new mutations of the alk (alkane utilization) genes found on Pseudomonas plasmids of the Inc P-2 group. These mutations were isolated after (i) nitrosoguanidine mutagenesis, (ii) transposition of the Tn7 trimethoprim and streptomycin resistance determinant, and (iii) reversion of polarity effects of alk::Tn7 insertion mutations.(More)
The beta-lactamase gene content and epidemiology of ceftazidime-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates (24% of the total number of P. aeruginosa isolates) were investigated at a University Hospital in Thailand during a 4-month period in 1999. Of 33 nonrepetitive clinical isolates, 31 produced a VEB-1-like clavulanic acid-inhibited extended-spectrum(More)
The transposase protein and the inverted repeat sequences of Tn3 are both essential for Tn3 cointegrate formation and transposition. We have developed two assays to detect site-specific binding of transposase to the inverted repeats: (1) a nitrocellulose filter binding assay in which transposase preferentially retains DNA fragments containing inverted(More)
Pseudomonas putida strains with plasmids carrying pleiotropic alk mutations gave rise to alkane-positive "revertants," which differ from wild type. Some had restricted ability to utilize alkane and primary alcohol growth substrates, and others could grow on undecane and dodecanol, which are not utilized by alk+ strains. These revertants showed altered(More)
The beta-lactamase gene from the RP1 plasmid transposes into at least two Pseudomonas putida degradative plasmids. Donor strains that carry RP1 (bla+ tet+ aphA+) and a degradative plasmid yield transconjugants that have only the bla+ marker of RP1. This occurs in up to 80% of all bla+ transconjugants. Segregation of the bla+ marker requires the presence of(More)
Conjugal crosses with Pseudomonas aeruginosa donors carrying the CAM-OCT and RP4::Tn7 plasmids result in transfer of the Tn7 trimethoprim resistance (Tp(r)) determinant independently of RP4 markers. All Tp(r) exconjugants which lack RP4 markers have CAM-OCT genes and therefore must have received CAM-OCT::Tn7 plasmids formed by transposition of Tn7 from(More)
The plasmid-determined inducible alkane hydroxylase of Pseudomonas putida resolved into particulate and soluble fractions. Spinach reductase and spinach ferredoxin could replace the soluble hydroxylase component. Two alkane hydroxylase mutants show in vitro complementation (S. Benson and J. Shapiro, J. Bacteriol., 123: 759-760, 1975): one, alk-7, lacks an(More)
The prokaryotic transposon Tn3 requires the transposase protein, as well as the cis-acting terminal inverted repeats (IRs), for transposition. The first step in the transposition process requires transposase binding to the IRs, as well as target site selection for element insertion. The primary aim of this study is to define the relationship between the(More)