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The products of gene A of the related phages Mu and D108 differ in their specificities

Research paper by Ariane Toussaint, Michel Faelen, Lucie Desmet, Bernard Allet

Indexed on: 01 Apr '83Published on: 01 Apr '83Published in: Molecular & general genetics : MGG



Abstract

By recombination between different mutants of mutator phages Mu and D108, we isolated a set of viable hybrids. The structure of the hybrids was analyzed by digestion with different restriction enzymes. Genetic studies show that hybrids which carry the left end of the Mu genome complement a mini-Mu deleted from within the A gene as well as Mu while hybrids with the left end of the D108 genome or D108 do not. Vice versa, hybrids with the left end of the D108 genome or D108, but not hybrids with the left end of the Mu genome or Mu complement a mini-D108 deleted from within the A gene. The nucleotide sequence of the A gene of Mu and its equivalent on D108 are mainly similar except on their left end. These observations demonstrate that the two pA products, although only partially different, have different specificities.