A plasmid, designated p72, constructed from human lung carcinoma DNA inserted into the promoterless herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase gene pML-TK-Bgl II vector, hybridizes strongly to human nucleic acids on Southern and Northern blots. The portion of the DNA insert responsible for the strong signal following hybridization to human DNA or RNA is a 167-bp 3′ terminal portion of the mitochondrial 16S ribosomal RNA gene. The expression of this gene is constitutive in the several human cell lines that were tested and is unaffected by exposure to cytotoxic chemicals that alter the expression of nuclear genes. This plasmid offers an excellent tool for studies of perturbations of gene expression and for controlling for the variations in sample preparation, loading, and transfer in Southern or Northern analysis of nucleic acids.
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