F-plasmid

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The F-plasmid is an example found in the bacteria Escherichia coli. It contains genes that enable the plasmid to be transferred between cells. The cells which contain the F-plasmid are F+ and the cells that don't are F-.[1]

Transfer

The transfer of the F-plasmid from one cell to another is helped by a pilus - a tubelike structure that makes the contact between the F+ and F- cell. The joining of the cells is called conjugation and the plasmids transferred are called conjugative plasmids [2].

References

  1. Daniel L. Hartl, Maryellen Ruvolo. Genetics Analysis of genes and genomes. 8th Edition, page 304, The F Plasmid: A conjugative plasmid
  2. Daniel L. Hartl, Maryellen Ruvolo. Genetics Analysis of genes and genomes. 8th Edition, page 304, The F Plasmid: A conjugative plasmid
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