Characterization of two circular satellite species of deoxyribonucleic acid in Rhodopseudomonas spheroides

K. D. Gibson, R. A. Niederman

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DNA, isolated from a strain of Rhodopseudomonas spheroides, showed two components when banded in CsCl, with buoyant densities of 1.719 and 1.724 g/ml. The lighter band comprised about 8% of the total. Using a mild lysis procedure, it was possible to extract DNA of which 15-20% was circular. Circular DNA, isolated by dye-buoyant density centrifugation, contained two components with buoyant densities 1.718 and 1.724 g/ml. Sedimentation of the circular DNA gave two peaks, with S20,w values of 78.2S and 52.7S; sedimentation in alkali, and in neutral solution after denaturation, showed that the first peak was closed circular and the second peak open circular DNA. Band-buoyant density sedimentation of the circular DNA in alkaline CsCl initially showed two peaks; after a time, each peak split into two. The alkaline buoyant densities of the four peaks were consistent with open and closed circles with neutral buoyant densities 1.718 and 1.724 g/ml. It is concluded that Rps. spheroides contains two circular satellite DNA species, with the same molecular weight of 70-75 × 106 daltons, but with slightly different base compositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)694-704
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1970
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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