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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A Tn10-lacZ-kanR-URA3 gene fusion transposon for insertion mutagenesis and fusion analysis of yeast and bacterial genes.

We describe here a new variant of transposon Tn10 especially adapted for transposon analysis of cloned yeast genes; it can equally well be used for analysis of prokaryotic genes. We have applied this element to analysis of the LEU2, RAD50, and CDC48 genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This transposon, nicknamed mini-Tn10-LUK, contains a lacZ gene without efficient transcription or translation start signals, an intact URA3 gene, and a kanR determinant. The lacZ gene can be activated by appropriate insertion of the element into an actively expressed gene. Other yeast genes can easily be substituted for URA3 in the available constructs. The mini-Tn10-LUK system has several important advantages. Transposition events occur in Escherichia coli at high frequency and into many different sites in yeast DNA. It is easy to obtain enough insertions to sensitively define the functional limits of a gene. Transposon insertions can be obtained in a single step by standard transposon procedures and can be screened immediately for phenotype either in yeast or in E. coli. The LacZ phenotypes of the insertion mutations provide a good circumstantial indication of the orientation of the target gene. Under favorable circumstances, usable lacZ protein fusions are created. Transposon insertion mutations obtained by this method directly facilitate additional genetic, functional, physical and DNA sequence analysis of the gene or region of interest.[1]


  1. A Tn10-lacZ-kanR-URA3 gene fusion transposon for insertion mutagenesis and fusion analysis of yeast and bacterial genes. Huisman, O., Raymond, W., Froehlich, K.U., Errada, P., Kleckner, N., Botstein, D., Hoyt, M.A. Genetics (1987) [Pubmed]
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