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Gene. 1982 Apr;18(1):69-75.

Mapping of the plasmid (pLQ3) from Achromobacter and cloning of its cephalosporinase gene in Escherichia coli.


We have constructed a physical map of the plasmid pLQ3 which was originally isolated from Achromobacter and which codes for a beta-lactamase. The enzyme specified by pLQ3 is expressed in Escherichia coli and is unusual in that it is a cephalosporinase, an enzyme usually coded for by chromosome. Plasmid pLQ3 is 12.4 kb in length and has a unique Bam HI site and two BglII sites. From a BamHI + BglII double digest of pLQ3, we have constructed a "shortened" plasmid, pLQ10, in which a 2.96-kb fragment is deleted. We have constructed a clone, pLQ22, in which a 3.27-kb fragment of pLQ3, carrying the beta-lactamase gene, is inserted into the BamHI site of pACYC184. By "comparative mapping" of single and multiple digests of each of these plasmids, we have been able to locate the cleavage sites for PstI, which makes seven cuts in pLQ3.

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