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Gene. 1994 Dec 2;150(1):75-80.

Cloning, analysis and expression of the HindIII R-M-encoding genes.

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New England Biolabs Inc., Beverly, MA 01915.


The genes encoding the HindIII restriction endonuclease (R.HindIII ENase) and methyltransferase (M.HindIII MTase) from Haemophilus influenzae Rd were cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli and their nucleotide (nt) sequences were determined. The genes are transcribed in the same orientation, with the ENase-encoding gene (hindIIIR) preceding the MTase-encoding gene (hindIIIM). The two genes overlap by several nt. The ENase is predicted to be 300 amino acids (aa) in length (34,950 Da); the MTase is predicted to be 309 aa (35,550 Da). The HindIII ENase and MTase activities increased approx. 20-fold when the genes were brought under the control of an inducible lambda pL promoter. Highly purified HindIII ENase and MTase proteins were prepared and their N-terminal aa sequences determined. In H. influenzae Rd, the HindIII R-M genes are located between the holC and valS genes; they are not closely linked to the HindII R-M genes.

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