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Gene. 1994 Sep 15;147(1):47-54.

Hypertransposing derivatives of the streptomycete insertion sequence IS493.

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Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN 46285.


Transposons derived from the Streptomyces lividans insertion sequence IS493 are useful for the genetic analysis and manipulation of a number of Streptomyces spp. Tn5099-10, an IS493 derivative that contains a spontaneous deletion terminating in the left inverted repeat (IR-L), transposed at a 1000-fold higher frequency in Streptomyces griseofuscus, and at a tenfold higher frequency in Streptomyces fradiae, than the IS493 derivatives, Tn5096 and Tn5099. The IR-L from Tn5099-10 was used to construct a cassette which hypertransposes from plasmids containing the transposon genes, ORFA and ORFB, outside of the inverted repeats. The target sequences of two Tn5099-10 insertions conformed to the consensus target sequence of the other IS493 derivatives, gNCaNTgNNy (where lower-case letters indicate that other nt have been observed at this position and N is any nt). Transposition mutant libraries of S. griseofuscus and S. fradiae can be easily prepared in broth culture by using the hypertransposing elements and a temperature-sensitive delivery plasmid.

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