Conditionally transposition-defective derivative of Mu d1(Amp Lac)

K. T. Hughes, J. R. Roth

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A Mu d1 derivative is described which is useful for genetic manipulation of Mu-lac fusion insertions. A double mutant of the specialized transducing phage Mu d1(Amp Lac c62ts) was isolated which is conditionally defective in transposition ability. The Mu d1 derivative, designated Mu d1-8(Tpn[Am] Amp Lac c62ts), carries mutations which virtually eliminate transposition in strains lacking an amber suppressor. In such strains, the Mu d1-8 prophage behaves like a standard transposon. It can be moved from one strain of Salmonella typhimurium to another by the general transducing phage P22 with almost 100% inheritance of the donor insertion mutation. When introduced into a recipient carrying supD, supE, or supF, 89 to 94% of the Amp(r) transductants were transpositions of the donor Mu d1-8, from the transduced fragment into new sites. The stability of Mu d1-8 in a wild-type, suppressor-free background was sufficient to permit use of the fusion to select constitutive mutations without prior isolation of deletions to stabilize the fusion. Fusion strains could be grown at elevated temperature without induction of the Mu d prophage. The transposition defect of Mu d1-8 was corrected by a plasmid carrying the Mu A and B genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Immunology


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