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J Bacteriol. 1984 May;158(2):488-95.

Plasmid insertion mutagenesis and lac gene fusion with mini-mu bacteriophage transposons.

Abstract

Small bacteriophage Mu transposable elements containing the lac operon structural genes were constructed to facilitate the isolation and use of Mu insertions and lac gene fusions. These mini-Mu elements have selectable genes for either ampicillin or kanamycin resistance and can be used to form both transcriptional and translational lac gene fusions. Some of the mini-Mu-lac elements constructed are deleted for the Mu A and B transposition genes and form stable insertions that cannot undergo transposition unless complemented for these functions. A procedure was developed for selecting mini-Mu insertions specifically into plasmids, including commonly used high-copy-number cloning vectors such as pBR322. Mu insertions in pBR322 were found to be distributed around the plasmid, but insertions in certain regions occurred more frequently than in others.

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6327606
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PMC215454
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