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Mol Gen Genet. 1990 Aug;223(1):33-9.

Naphthalene degrading genes on plasmid NAH7 are on a defective transposon.

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Laboratory of Genetics, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, Japan.


A 37.5 kb region encompassing a set of the naphthalene degrading genes on the Pseudomonas plasmid NAH7 was found to be transposable only in the presence of the transposase encoded by the Tn1721 subgroup of the class II transposons. This newly identified mobile element, designated Tn4655, contained short (38 bp) terminal inverted repeats which shared extensive sequence homology with those of members of the Tn1721 subgroup. Tn4655 transposed by a two-step process involving formation of the cointegrate followed by its subsequent resolution. In contrast to the defect in the trans-acting factor for the first step, a functional system for the latter step was encoded within a 2.4 kb region in Tn4655. Analysis of deletion and insertion mutants demonstrated that the 2.4 kb region contained the cis-acting (res) site and the gene for a trans-acting factor (resolvase); complementation analysis indicated that Tn4655 resolvase function was not interchangeable with those of other well-studied class II transposons, including the Tn1721 subgroup. Tn4655 had no DNA sequences that were hybridizable with the transposase or resolvase genes of the Tn1721 subgroup.

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