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Mol Genet Genomics. 2001 Aug;265(6):1004-10.

The inverted repeats of IS1384, a newly described insertion sequence from Pseudomonas putida strain H, represent the specific target for integration of IS1383.

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Institut für Genetik und Biochemie, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Germany.


Analysis of a region on plasmid pPGH1 from Pseudomonas putida strain H that is flanked by two copies of IS1383 has revealed an additional element with the typical features of a bacterial insertion sequence. This new IS element, designated IS1384, contains a single ORF of 972 bp, and is flanked by 9-bp inverted repeats. Based on sequence homology and structural characteristics of the putative transposase it encodes, IS1384 belongs to the IS5 subgroup of the IS5 family. Two copies of IS1384 are present on plasmid pPGH1, whereas none could be detected on the chromosome of P. putida strain H. Sequence analysis revealed the presence of two truncated copies of IS1384 on the second plasmid in this strain, pPGH2. The inverted repeats of all IS1384 copies (including the truncated ones) are interrupted by the integration of an IS1383 element. All integrations were found to be site- and orientation-specific. PCR studies and sequence data indicate that IS1383 can form a circular intermediate on excision. In the circular form, the previously described 13-bp inverted repeats of IS1383 are separated by 10 bp that are identical to the 5-bp motif that flanks each side of the element when it is integrated in its target. We provide evidence that these additional nucleotides, although not of inverted symmetry, represent an essential part of the inverted repeats. Furthermore, the data indicate that IS1383 integrated into the inverted repeats of IS1384 by a site-specific recombination rather than a site-specific insertion event.

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