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Gene. 1986;41(2-3):331-5.

A Bacillus subtilis plasmid that can be packaged as single-stranded DNA in Escherichia coli: use for oligodeoxynucleotide-directed mutagenesis.


A Bacillus subtilis/Escherichia coli shuttle vector was modified to contain the origin of DNA replication of the E. coli filamentous phage f1, in both orientations. Upon superinfection with and f1-related phage of an E. coli strain containing either of the modified vectors, the single-stranded (ss) form of the plasmid was packaged in virions and released to the culture medium. Each of these ss DNAs has been purified from the virions and used as a template for oligodeoxynucleotide-directed mutagenesis. The resulting mutations were demonstrated by DNA sequencing. The capacity of these vectors to be isolated as phage ss DNA from E. coli and to replicate as plasmids in B. subtilis makes them convenient substrates for the production of oligodeoxynucleotide-directed mutations for studies in B. subtilis.

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