Theodora Pinou

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Escherichia coli was isolated from feral house mice (Mus domesticus) during the course of a mouse plague in the state of Victoria, Australia. The isolates were characterized for the production of colicins and their resistance to the co-occurring colicins. Of the 447 isolates examined, 59% were found to be colicinogenic. Phenotypic and PCR-based genotypic(More)
The nucleotide sequence of a bacteriocin-encoding plasmid isolated from Klebsiella pneumoniae (pKlebB-K17/80) has been determined. The encoded klebicin B protein is similar in sequence to the DNase pyocins and colicins, suggesting that klebicin B functions as a nonspecific endonuclease. The klebicin gene cluster, as well as the plasmid backbone, is a(More)
This paper focuses on the phylogenetic relationships of eight North American caenophidian snake species (Carphophis amoena, Contia tenuis, Diadophis punctatus, Farancia abacura, Farancia erytrogramma, Heterodon nasicus, Heterodon platyrhinos, and Heterodon simus) whose phylogenetic relationships remain controversial. Past studies have referred to these(More)
DNA sequence polymorphism was determined for the microcin V gene cluster encoded on the microcin V plasmids of 12 natural isolates of Escherichia coli. These microcin V gene clusters are similar in DNA sequence, with only 10 of the 683 bp polymorphic. Further, the levels and patterns of microcin V gene cluster polymorphism differ from those of a chromosomal(More)
A three-dimensional (3D) approach for visualizing the phyletic relationship of living animals is proposed and developed as an alternative to current two-dimensional (2D) evolutionary trees. The 3D tree enhances visualization and qualitative analysis since it simultaneously provides topological (tree-structure) and spatial information (based upon genetically(More)
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