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Plasmid. 1992 Jul;28(1):14-24.

New cloning vectors for integration in the lambda attachment site attB of the Escherichia coli chromosome.

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Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik, Berlin, Germany.


A set of plasmid cloning vectors has been constructed, allowing the integration of any DNA fragment into the bacteriophage lambda attachment site attB of the Escherichia coli chromosome. The system is based upon two components: (i) a number of cloning vectors containing the lambda attachment site attP and (ii) a helper plasmid, bearing the lambda int gene, transcribed from the lambda PR promoter under the control of the temperature-sensitive repressor cI857. The DNA fragment of interest is cloned into the multicloning site of one of the attP-harboring plasmids. Subsequently, the origin of the plasmid, located on a cloning cassette, is cut out and the DNA becomes newly ligated, resulting in a circular DNA molecule without replication ability. The strain of choice, containing the int gene carrying helper plasmid, is transformed with this DNA molecule and incubated at 42 degrees C to induce int gene expression. Additionally, the temperature shift leads to the loss of the helper plasmid after a few cell generations, because the replication ability of its replicon is blocked at 42 degrees C. These vectors have been successfully used for integration of several promoter-lacZ fusions into the chromosome. The ratio between integration due to homologous recombination and Int protein-mediated integration has been determined.

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