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Gene. 1988 Dec 25;74(1):45-50.

Cloning and analysis of the HaeIII and HaeII methyltransferase genes.

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


The HaeIII methyltransferase (MTase) gene from Haemophilus aegyptius (recognition sequence: 5'-GGCC-3') was cloned into Escherichia coli in the plasmid vector pBR322. The gene was isolated on a single EcoRI fragment and on a single HindIII fragment. Clones carrying additional adjacent fragments were found to code also for the HaeII restriction endonuclease and HaeII modification MTase (recognition sequence: 5'-PuGCGCPy-3'). The sequence of the HaeIII modification gene was determined. The inferred amino acid sequence of the protein was found to share extensive similarity with other sequenced m5C-MTases. The central 'non-conserved' region of the M.HaeIII MTase, thought to form the nucleotide sequence-specificity domain, is almost identical to that of the M.BsuRI, M.BspRI and M.NgoPII MTases, which also recognize the sequence 5'-GGCC-3'.

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