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Mol Gen Genet. 1986 Jul;204(1):52-7.

Identification of Tn4430, a transposon of Bacillus thuringiensis functional in Escherichia coli.


The mobile genetic element Tn4430, originating from the gram-positive bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis, and previously described as the Th-sequence, is the first transposon isolated from the genus Bacillus. In the present work a gene (APH-III) conferring resistance to kanamycin was inserted into this 4.2 kb transposon. Transposition experiments showed that Tn4430 omega APH-III could transpose in the gram-negative host Escherichia coli when its insertion functions were supplied by an intact copy of Tn4430. By transposing Tn4430 omega APH-III directly onto pBR322, it was possible to determine the nucleotide sequence of the terminal inverted repeats of Tn4430 and of the target DNA site. Identical 38 bp in inverted orientation are situated at each end of the transposon and there is a direct duplication of 5 bp at the insertion site. Thus, it is clear that Tn4430 is closely related to the transposons belonging to the Tn3 family (class II elements).

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