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By sequence analysis of Sinorhizobium meliloti strain GR4 plasmid pRmeGR4b, we have identified a group II intron named RmInt1 inserted within the insertion sequence ISRm2011-2 of the IS630-Tc1/IS3 retroposon superfamily. Like some other group II introns, RmInt1 possesses, in addition to the structurally conserved ribozyme core, an open reading frame (ORF)(More)
The insertion sequence ISRm6 is a small transposable element identified in Rhizobium meliloti strain GR4 by sequence analysis. Two copies of this IS element were found in strain GR4, one of them is linked to the nfe genes located on plasmid pRmeGR4b. ISRm6 seems to be widespread in R. meliloti. Data suggest that ISRm6 is active in transposition at an(More)
The insertion sequence ISRm8 was identified by sequence analysis of the cryptic plasmid pRmeGR4b of Sinorhizobium meliloti GR4. ISRm8 is 1451 bp in length and carries 22/24-bp terminal imperfect inverted repeats with seven mismatches and a direct target site duplication of 3 bp. ISRm8 carries a unique open reading frame whose putative protein showed(More)
Two novel insertion sequences, ISRm4-1 and ISRm9 have been identified in Sinorhizobium meliloti. ISRm4-1 is 936-bp in length, flanked by 17-bp putative terminal inverted repeats and a putative target duplication of 3-bp. ISRm4-1 is a member of the IS5 family of insertion sequences, closely related to ISRm4. ISRm9 is 2797-bp in length and carries 25-bp(More)
The Sinorhizobium meliloti insertion sequence (IS) elements ISRm102F34-1 and ISRm220-13-5 are 1481 and 1550 base pairs (bp) in size, respectively. ISRm102F34-1 is bordered by 15 bp imperfect terminal inverted repeat sequences (two mismatches), whereas the terminal inverted repeat of ISRm220-13-5 has a length of 16 bp (two mismatches). Both insertion(More)
In bacteria, the known pathways for diaminopimelate (DAP) and lysine biosynthesis share two key enzymes, dihydrodipicolinate synthase and dihydrodipicolinate reductase, encoded by the dapA and dapB genes, respectively. In rhizobia, these genes have not yet been genetically characterized. In this work, by sequence analysis, we identified two divergent open(More)
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