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

Cloning of a Bacillus subtilis restriction fragment complementing auxotrophic mutants of eight Escherichia coli genes of arginine biosynthesis.

Following shotgun cloning of EcoRI fragments of Bacillus subtilis 168 chromosomal DNA in pBR322 a hybrid plasmid, pUL720, was isolated which complements Escherichia coli K12 mutants defective for argA, B, C, D, E, F/I, carA and carB. Restriction analysis revealed that the insert of pUL720 comprises four EcoRI fragments, of sizes 12.0, 6.0, 5.0 and 0.8 kbp. Evidence was obtained from subcloning, Southern blot hybridisation, enzyme stability studies and transformation of B. subtilis arginine auxotrophs that the 12 kbp EcoRI fragment carries all the arg genes. It proved impossible to subclone the intact fragment in isolation in the multicopy vectors pBR322, pBR325 or pACYC184, and although it could be subcloned in the low copy vector pGV1106, propagation of the hybrid rapidly resulted in the selection of stable derivatives carrying, near one end, an insertion of 1 kbp of DNa originating from the E. coli chromosome. These and other stable derivatives resulting from subcloning the 12 kbp EcoRI fragment have lost only the ability to complement for E. coli argC, and it is suggested that sequences located close to the equivalent of argC are involved in destabilising plasmids bearing the 12 kbp fragment in E. coli in a copy number dependent manner.[1]


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