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Microb Drug Resist. 1999 Spring;5(1):1-7.

The Staphylococcus aureus transposon Tn551: complete nucleotide sequence and transcriptional analysis of the expression of the erythromycin resistance gene.

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Laboratory of Microbiology, Rockefeller University, New York, New York 10021, USA.


The complete nucleotide sequence of Staphylococcus aureus transposon Tn551 was determined. The 5,266-bp sequence encoded five putative proteins. Comparison of the nucleotide sequence of Tn551 with that of the enterococcal transposon Tn917 showed that the two transposons were 99.8% identical and differed only at 11 positions along the entire sequence. The genetic organization of Tn551 was also identical to that of Tn917. Northern analysis of RNA prepared from a staphylococcal strain bearing Tn551 displayed three erm-associated transcripts that were constitutively produced. Mapping of the 5' ends of the transcripts by primer extension suggested that the constitutive transcription of erm was initiated from a nucleotide located 5 bp downstream of ORF1. A second set of three erythromycin-inducible transcripts was also detected and these showed a pattern similar to that described for Tn917. A simple and rapid method is described for the use of the Tn551 sequence information in sequencing transposon-inactivated staphylococcal genes.

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