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Dissection of the Salmonella typhimurium genome by use of a Tn5 derivative carrying rare restriction sites.

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A polylinker with rare restriction sites was introduced into a mini-Tn5 derivative. These sites include M.XbaI-DpnI (TCTAGATCTAGA), which is rare in most bacterial genomes, SwaI (ATTTAAAT) and PacI (TTAATTAA), which are rare in G+C-rich genomes, NotI (GCGGCCGC) and SfiI (GGCCN5GGCC), which are rare in A+T-rich genomes, and BlnI (CCTAGG), SpeI (ACTAGT), and XbaI (TCTAGA), which are rare in the genomes of many gram-negative bacteria. This Tn5(pfm) (pulsed-field mapping) transposon carries resistance to chloramphenicol and kanamycin to allow selection in a wide variety of background genomes. This Tn5(pfm) was integrated randomly into the Salmonella typhimurium and Serratia marcescens genomes. Integration of the new rare SwaI, PacI, BlnI, SpeI, and XbaI sites was assayed by restriction digestion and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Tn5(pfm) constructs could be valuable tools for pulsed-field mapping of gram-negative bacterial genomes by assisting in the production of physical maps and restriction fragment catalogs. For the first applications of a Tn5(pfm), we bisected five of the six largest BlnI fragments in the S. typhimurium genome, bisected the linearized 90-kb pSLT plasmid, and used Tn5(pfm) and Tn10 to trisect the largest BlnI fragment.

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