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Mol Microbiol. 1989 Jul;3(7):979-84.

Specificity of insertion of IS91, an insertion sequence present in alpha-haemolysin plasmids of Escherichia coli.

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Departamento de BiologĂ­a Molecular, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain.


We have determined the DNA sequences of eight different insertions of IS91 in a specifically engineered recipient plasmid of known DNA sequence (pSU300). The sequences at the termini of IS91 are 5'-CGAGTAGG...CCTATCGAT. IS91 inserts specifically 5' to either one of the tetranucleotides 5'-GAAC or 5'-CAAG, and always in the same relative orientation with respect to the sequence of the target. Except in one special case, no duplications of the recipient DNA were produced at the site of insertion.

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