An accessory protein is required for relaxosome formation by small staphylococcal plasmids.

Mobilization of the staphylococcal plasmid pC221 requires at least one plasmid-encoded protein, MobA, in order to form a relaxosome. pC221 and closely related plasmids also possess an overlapping reading frame encoding a protein of 15 kDa, termed MobC. By completing the nucleotide sequence of plasmid pC223, we have found a further example of this small… (More)