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Mol Microbiol. 1990 May;4(5):729-35.

Transposition of Tn916 to different sites in the chromosome of Neisseria meningitidis: a genetic tool for meningococcal mutagenesis.

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases Laboratory Program, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.


The difficulty in obtaining mutants in pathogenic Neisseria has limited the ability to genetically define determinants responsible for virulence as well as the ability to generate a genetic map. We show that the 16.5kb conjugative transposon Tn916 can be introduced into Neisseria meningitidis on the suicide vectors pAM120 and pAM170. After introduction, Tn916 transposed to different sites in the chromosome of recipient meningococci, apparently at random, and was stably incorporated. Following its integration into the meningococcal chromosome, Tn916 did not appear to readily express its conjugative and transpositional functions. However, chromosomal DNA from Tn916-carrying meningococci could be used to transform other meningococcal strains to tetracycline resistance. These studies indicate that Tn916 may be an important tool for genetic analysis of N. meningitidis.

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