J Nicholas Housby

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We describe the characterisation of four thermo-stable NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligases, from Thermus thermophilus (Tth), Thermus scotoductus (Ts), Rhodothermus marinus (Rm) and Thermus aquaticus (Taq), by an assay which measures ligation rate and mismatch discrimination. Complete libraries of octa-, nona- and decanucleotides were used as substrates. The assay(More)
Complete libraries of oligonucleotides were used as substrates for Thermus thermophilus DNA ligase, on a M13mp18 ssDNA template. A 17mer primer was used to start a polymerisation process. Ladders of ligation products were analysed by gel electrophoresis. Octa-, nona- and decanucleotide libraries were compared. Nonanucleotides were optimum for polymerisation(More)
To mimic large numbers of nicked DNA duplexes we used a technique that produces nicked duplex DNA substrates by hybridization of complementary oligonucleotides, adjacent to an initiating primer, which are ligated together by a thermostable DNA ligase. Sequential ligation of nonanucleotides to this primary duplex results in the formation of polymers that can(More)
The phytopathogen Erwinia carotovora subspecies carotovora secretes pectinases and cellulase via the general secretory pathway, a process requiring at least 13 proteins encoded by the out gene cluster. By exploiting delta::Tn5, a generalised transducing phage (psi KP) and localised mutagenesis of the out gene cluster, we have produced a histidine auxotroph(More)
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