[Mobilization of phase I plasmid in Shigella sonnei and stability of its inheritance in rough strains of Shigella and Escherichia].Mol Gen Mikrobiol Virusol. 1987 SepMG
The plasmid pSS120, determining the synthesis of species specific I phase antigen of Shigella sonnei is mobilized for genetic transfer into E. coli K12 recipient cells with the frequency 12-41%. The frequency depends on the type of mobilized plasmid and recipient strain. The I phase antigen is normally expressed in II phase recipient cells and in E. coli cells. During mobilization pSS120 forms cointegrates representing a recombinant of mobilizing and mobilized plasmids DNA. The study of pSS120 inheritance stability has shown the plasmid to be unstable during culturing of bacteria and to be partially lost from the parent Shigella sonnei strains as well as from the "hybrid" transconjugants obtained. The 60 Md plasmid present in the donor strains of Shigella sonnei is prone to structural fragmentation particularly expressed in Shigella sonnei/E. coli hybrids.