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Lett Appl Microbiol. 1992 Sep;15(3):106-8.

Cloning of a probe for a previously undescribed enterobacterial tetracycline resistance gene.

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Molecular Genetics Unit, Central Public Health Laboratory, London, UK.


An 8.35 kb BamHI fragment was cloned from the plasmid R714a. It encoded resistances to chloramphenicol, streptomycin, spectinomycin and tetracycline. Tetracycline resistance was determined by a locus without homology to the known enterobacterial gene classes, TetA-TetE. Further subcloning of the fragment located an unusual tetracycline resistance gene on a 4.7 kb BamHI-BglII fragment. A physical-genetic map of this fragment indicated that the gene was bisected by a PstI site. Deletion analysis and insertion mutagenesis were used to define a suitable probe. An intragenic PstI-AvaI fragment of 1.2 kb was identified, and used as a non-radioactive probe, being specific for this previously undescribed enterobacterial Tet gene.

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