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Gene. 1982 Oct;19(3):277-84.

Insertional mutagenesis in Bacillus subtilis: mechanism and use in gene cloning.


The plasmid pHV32, which replicates in Escherichia coli but not in Bacillus subtilis, transformed B. subtilis-competent cells efficiently when linked in vitro to EcoRI B. subtilis DNA segments. The transformed clones carried pHV32 inserted in their chromosomes, and often displayed a mutant phenotype. One of the transformed clones carried pHV32 inserted close to the thyB gene. We cleaved the DNA extracted from this clone with BglII restriction endonuclease, for which no sites exist on pHV32, ligated the released segments and used them to transform E. coli selecting for pHV32-carried genetic markers. The transformants harbored a hybrid plasmid which carried the B. subtilis thyB gene. Circular molecules composed of pHV32 joined to B. subtilis DNA inserted into the chromosome by a Campbell-like recombination event. Linear molecules, in which pHV32 was flanked by two non-adjacent DNA segments, underwent a double cross-over recombination with the chromosome. In this case the chromosomal sequences between the non-adjacent segments were deleted, and replaced by pHV32 sequences.

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