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Synthesis of FinP RNA by plasmids F and pSLT is regulated by DNA adenine methylation.

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DNA adenine methylase mutants of Salmonella typhimurium contain reduced amounts of FinP, an antisense RNA encoded by the virulence plasmid pSLT. Lowered FinP levels are detected in both Dam- FinO+ and Dam- FinO- backgrounds, suggesting that Dam methylation regulates FinP production rather than FinP half-life. Reduced amounts of F-encoded FinP RNA are likewise found in Dam- mutants of Escherichia coli. A consequence of FinP RNA scarcity in the absence of DNA adenine methylation is that Dam- mutants of both S. typhimurium and E. coli show elevated levels of F plasmid transfer. Inhibition of F fertility by the S. typhimurium virulence plasmid is also impaired in a Dam- background.

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