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Mol Microbiol. 1992 Jul;6(13):1829-39.

PhoA gene fusions in Legionella pneumophila generated in vivo using a new transposon, MudphoA.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor 48109.


To enable effective use of phoA gene fusions in Legionella pneumophila, we constructed MudphoA, a derivative of the mini-Mu phage Mu dII4041, which is capable of generating gene fusions to the Escherichia coli alkaline phosphatase gene (EC Although an existing fusion-generating transposon, TnphoA, has been a useful tool for studying secreted proteins in other bacteria, this transposon and other Tn5 derivatives transpose inefficiently in Legionella pneumophila, necessitating the construction of a more effective vector for use in this pathogen. Using MudphoA we generated fusions to an E. coli gene encoding a periplasmic protein and to an L. pneumophila gene encoding an outer membrane protein; both sets of fusions resulted in alkaline phosphatase activity. We have begun to use MudphoA to mutate secreted proteins of L. pneumophila specifically, since this subset of bacterial proteins is most likely to be involved in host-bacterial interactions. This modified transposon may be useful for studies of other bacteria that support transposition of Mu, but not Tn5, derivatives.

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