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Honors in Health Sciences: Microbiology

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Ranjan N. Chakraborty

Thesis Professor Department

Health Sciences

Thesis Reader(s)

Bert Lampson


The complete genomic sequence of Rhizobium leguminosarum ATCC 14479 has been determined. Its genome size is 7,935,223 base-pairs of DNA (bp). This multipartite genome contains 5 distinct replicons: a chromosome of 4,883,137 bp and four mega-plasmids of size 1,234,209 bp, 415,988 bp, 771,583 bp, and 630,306 bp. In silico (literally: on computer) analysis was done on the complete genome to detect genes relating to iron metabolism by bacteria. Seven iron-related operons and genes were found: nodulation genes, the Tol operon, the hmuPSTUV operon, iron response regulator genes, the cycHJKL operon, genes for bacterial cyclic glucans, and vicibactin genes.


East Tennessee State University

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Honors Thesis - Open Access

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