Characterization of a newly discovered Mu-like bacteriophage, RcapMu, in Rhodobacter capsulatus strain SB1003.

@article{Fogg2011CharacterizationOA,
  title={Characterization of a newly discovered Mu-like bacteriophage, RcapMu, in Rhodobacter capsulatus strain SB1003.},
  author={Paul C. M. Fogg and Alexander P. Hynes and Elizabeth L Digby and Andrew S. Lang and J. Thomas Beatty},
  journal={Virology},
  year={2011},
  volume={421 2},
  pages={211-21}
}
The α-proteobacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus is a model organism for the study of bacterial photosynthesis and the bacteriophage-like gene transfer agent. Characterization of phages that infect Rhodobacter is extremely rare, and scarce for the α-proteobacteria in general. Here, we describe the discovery of the only functional Mu-like transposing phage to have been identified in the α-proteobacteria, RcapMu, resident in the genome-sequenced R. capsulatus SB1003 strain. RcapMu packages ~42kb of… CONTINUE READING

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