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Linear plasmids, pLm9 and pLm10, can be isolated from the phytopathogenic ascomycete Leptosphaeria maculans by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

Lim, L., Howlett, B.J.
Current genetics 1994 v.26 no.3 pp. 276-280
Leptosphaeria maculans, plasmids, DNA-directed RNA polymerase, nucleic acid hybridization, DNA-directed DNA polymerase
Two linear DNA plasmids (pLm9 and pLm10, sized 9 and 10 kb respectively) were isolated from the phytopathogenic ascomycete Leptosphaeria maculans, using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. pLm9 and pLm10 are found only in aggressive isolates of L. maculans but, because aggressive and non-aggressive strains appear to be different species, these plasmids are probably not involved in pathogenicity. pLm9 and pLm10 copurify with a mitochondrially-enriched cell fraction, and do not hybridise to chromosomal or mitochondrial DNA, or to each other. Exonuclease digestions suggest that both these molecules contain covalently-bound proteins at their 5' termini. pLm9 hybridises to the RNA polymerase of a linear plasmid from the ascomycete Podospora anserina, and pLm10 hybridises to the DNA polymerase from the same P. anserina plasmid, suggesting that pLm9 and pLm10 encode their own replication and transcription enzymes.