Archaeal Plasmids


Archaeal plasmids are extrachromosomal elements isolated from organisms that belong to the domain of Archaea.

Keywords: archaea; plasmid; shuttle vector; transposon


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Further Reading

Charlebois RL (1999) Evolutionary origins of the haloarchaeal genome. In: Oren A (ed.) Microbiology and Biogeochemistry of Hypersaline Environments, pp. 309–317. Washington DC: CRC Press.

Charlebois RL and DasSarma S (1995) Insertion elements of halophiles. In: DasSarma S and Fleischmann EM (eds) Archaea: A Laboratory Manual, Halophiles, pp. 253–255. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Zeikus JG, Vieille C and Savchenko A (1998) Thermozymes: biotechnology and structure–function relationships. Extremophiles 2: 179–183.

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Gardner, Warren L(Apr 2001) Archaeal Plasmids. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000387]