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Gene. 1988 Apr 15;64(1):1-8.

Cloning and expression of the MspI restriction and modification genes.

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New England Biolabs, Inc., Beverly, MA 01915.


The genes for the MspI restriction (R) and modification enzymes (recognition sequence CCGG) have been cloned into Escherichia coli using the vector pBR322. Clones carrying both genes have been isolated from libraries prepared with EcoRI, HindIII and BamHI. The smallest fragment that encodes both activities is a 3.6-kb HindIII fragment. Plasmids purified from the clones are fully resistant to digestion by MspI, indicating that the modification gene is functional in E. coli. The clones remain sensitive to phage infection, however, indicating that the endonuclease is dysfunctional. When the R gene is brought under the control of the inducible leftward promoter from phage lambda, the level of endonuclease increases and the level of methylase decreases, suggesting that the genes are transcribed in opposite directions.

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