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Stability of a recombinant plasmid carrying alpha-amylase gene in Bacillus subtilis

Plasmid pSB6 is a streptococcal recombinant plasmid carrying the alpha-amylase gene of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and the chloramphenicol resistance gene. The segregational and structural instabilities of this plasmid were examined under non-selective conditions in Bacillus subtilis. These instabilities were modelled according to a kinetic expression derived from the difference in the growth between plasmid-bearing and plasmid-free cells. This plasmid showed slight segregational instability and much higher levels of structural instability under the conditions examined.