Teruya Komano

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Mx8 is a generalized transducing phage that infects Myxococcus xanthus cells. This phage is lysogenized in M. xanthus cells by the integration of its DNA into the host chromosome through site-specific recombination. Here, we characterize the mechanism of Mx8 integration into the M. xanthus chromosome. The Mx8 attachment site, attP, the M. xanthus chromosome(More)
The IncI1 plasmid R64 produces two kinds of sex pili: a thin pilus and a thick pilus. The thin pilus, which belongs to the type IV family, is required only for liquid matings. Fourteen genes, pilI to -V, were found in the DNA region responsible for the biogenesis of the R64 thin pilus (S.-R. Kim and T. Komano, J. Bacteriol. 179:3594-3603, 1997). In this(More)
The entire nucleotide sequence of the pil region of the IncI1 plasmid R64 was determined. Analysis of the sequence indicated that 14 genes, designated pilI through pilV, are involved in the formation of the R64 thin pilus. Protein products of eight pil genes were identified by the maxicell procedure. The pilN product was shown to be a lipoprotein by an(More)
The IncI alpha plasmid R64 was found to bear a highly mobile DNA segment which was designated as a clustered inversion region (J. Bacteriol. 165, 94-100, 1986). The clustered inversion region consists of four DNA segments designated respectively as A, B, C and D which differ in molecular size and restriction sites. The four DNA segments invert independently(More)
Thin pili of the closely related IncI1 plasmids ColIb-P9 and R64 are required only for liquid mating and belong to the type IV family of pili. They were sedimented by ultracentrifugation from culture medium in which Escherichia coli cells harboring ColIb-P9- or R64-derived plasmids had been grown, and then the pili were purified by CsCl density gradient(More)
Dipteran-specific insecticidal protein Cry4A is produced as a protoxin of 130 kDa in Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis. Here we performed the in vitro processing of Cry4A and showed that the 130-kDa protoxin of Cry4A was processed into the two protease-resistant fragments of 20 and 45 kDa through the intramolecular cleavage of a 60-kDa intermediate.(More)
The two single-strand DNA initiation signals, ssiA(RSF1010) and ssiB(RSF1010) of the broad host-range plasmid RSF1010 contain proposed stem-loop structures. Nine single base-change mutations in the stem of the ssiA structure, each of which destroyed a relevant base pairing, damaged the ssiA activity. A second single-base change was introduced into each of(More)
Products of the nikA and nikB genes of plasmid R64 have been shown to form a relaxation complex with R64 oriT DNA and to function together as an oriT-specific nickase. We purified the protein product of the nikA gene. The purified NikA protein bound specifically to the oriT region of R64 DNA. Gel retardation assays and DNase I footprinting analyses(More)
The developmentally regulated gene dofA, identified from pulse-labeling experiments by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, and its homologue, dofB, were cloned and characterized in Myxococcus xanthus. Deletion of dofA and dofB did not affect the vegetative growth and development of M. xanthus. dofA was specifically expressed during development, while dofB(More)
The broad host-range plasmid RSF1010 contains two oppositely oriented priming signals, ssiA and ssiB, for DNA synthesis dependent on the origin of vegetative DNA replication (oriV). If either ssiA or ssiB was deleted or inverted, the RSF1010 miniplasmids containing engineered oriVs were maintained at low copy numbers, replicated abnormally as dimers, and(More)