Primer extension analyses carried out to identify the transcription start site of an aadB gene, which is part of a gene cassette recombined at a secondary site on an Acinetobacter plasmid, pRAY, suggest that transcription control signals in Acinetobacter are similar but not identical to their counterparts in Escherichia coli. pRAY was sequenced. An AT-rich region, containing eight copies of the consensus sequence, AAAAAATAT, previously shown to be present in the origins of replication of other Acinetobacter plasmids, was predicted to be the origin of pRAY. The translation product of one of the 10 open reading frames identified on pRAY shows homology to the mobilization protein, MbeA.
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