We constructed a derivative of transposon Tn5 called Tn5supF for insertion mutagenesis and sequencing DNAs cloned in phage λ. This element carries a supF amber-suppressor tRNA gene. Its insertion into λ can be selected by plaque formation by using nonsuppressing (sup(o)) Escherichia coli for amber mutant λ phage and sup(o) dnaB-amber E. coli for nonamber λ phage. Tn5supF is just 264 base pairs long. It transposes efficiently and inserts quasi-randomly into DNA targets. The unique sequences near its termini can be used as primer binding sites for dideoxynucleotide DNA sequencing, thus permitting the direct sequencing of DNAs cloned in phage λ without subcloning.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - 1989|