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Gene. 1996 Sep 16;173(2):121-7.

The XmnI restriction-modification system: cloning, expression, sequence organization and similarity between the R and M genes.

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


The xmnIRM genes from Xanthomonas manihotis 7AS1 have been cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. The nucleotide (nt) sequences of both genes were determined. The XmnI methyltransferase (MTase)-encoding gene is 1861 bp in length and codes for 620 amino acids (aa) (68660 Da). The restriction endonuclease (ENase)-encoding gene is 959 bp long and therefore codes for a 319-aa protein (35275 Da). The two genes are aligned tail to tail and they overlap at their respective stop codons About 4 x 10(4) units/g wet cell paste of R.XmnI was obtained following IPTG induction in a suitable E. coli host. The xmnIR gene is expressed from the T7 promoter. M.XmnI probably modifies the first A in the sequence, GAA(N)4TTC. The xmnIR and M genes contain regions of conserved similarity and probably evolved from a common ancestor. M.XmnI is loosely related to M.EcoRI. The XmnI R-M system and the type-I R-M systems probably derived from a common ancestor.

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