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Gene. 1992 Sep 1;118(1):93-5.

A modified TnphoA useful for single-stranded DNA sequencing.

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Rockefeller University, New York, NY 10021.


The TnphoA transposon constructed by Manoil and Beckwith [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 82 (1985) 8129-8133] has been modified to permit easy isolation of single-stranded (ss) DNA of target plasmids. The intergenic region (IG) of filamentous phage f1, which consists of the phage origin of replication and packaging signal, was inserted into a nonessential region of TnphoA. This modified transposon should be useful for the analysis of genes cloned in plasmids that lack a filamentous phage IG. Transposition of TnphoA-IG into a plasmid carries the IG with it; subsequently, after infection with a filamentous helper phage, ss plasmid DNA suitable for sequence analysis and useful for oligodeoxyribonucleotide-mediated mutagenesis of TnphoA-generated fusions can be isolated. The utility of TnphoA-IG was confirmed by analysis of 'blue hops' into the bla (encoding beta-lactamase) and pspE (encoding phage shock protein) genes whose products are secreted into the Escherichia coli periplasm.

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