The complete nucleotide sequence of a cryptic plasmid designated pBAW301, from the Gram-positive ruminal bacterium Ruminococcus flavefaciens R13e2, has been determined. This plasmid is 1768 bp in size and has an overall G+C content of 43.5%. Computer analysis of the sequence data revealed an open reading frame, ORF1 (256 amino acids), which is similar to the Rep protein of the Bacillus borstelensis plasmid pPHT926. ORF1 is preceded by Shine-Dalgarno and Escherichia coli - 10 and -35 like sequences. Nine smaller open reading frames showed no significant homologies to known protein sequences. Analysis of replication intermediates and the nucleotide sequence indicate that the plasmid does not replicate by a rolling-circle mode of replication similar to other plasmids from Gram-positive bacteria. Moreover, sequences typical of theta replication origins were not found in the nucleotide sequence of pBAW301. These data suggest that this plasmid either replicates by an as yet undescribed mechanism, or represents a new class of theta replicating plasmids.
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