M. J. Casadaban

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We report the construction and use of a series of plasmid vectors suitable for the detection and cloning of translational control signals and 5' coding sequences of exogenously derived genes. In these plasmids, the first eight codons of the amino-terminal end of the lactose operon beta-galactosidase gene, lacZ, were removed, and unique BamHI, EcoRI, and(More)
The lactose structural genes, without the lactose promoter, have been incorporated into the bacteriophage Mu genome to form a Mu-lac specialized transducing phage. This phage also carries a gene encoding resistance to ampicillin (Ap)[Mu(Ap, lac)]. After infection and upon establishment of lysogeny, the Mu(Ap, lac) genome can integrate into apparently random(More)
Small bacteriophage Mu transposable elements containing the lac operon structural genes were constructed to facilitate the isolation and use of Mu insertions and lac gene fusions. These mini-Mu elements have selectable genes for either ampicillin or kanamycin resistance and can be used to form both transcriptional and translational lac gene fusions. Some of(More)
New mini-Mu transposons with plasmid replicons were constructed with additional features for in vivo DNA cloning and lac gene fusing in Escherichia coli. These mini-Mu replicons can be used to clone DNA by growing them with a complementing Mu bacteriophage and by using the resulting lysate to transduce Mu-lysogenic cells. These mini-Mu phage have selectable(More)
As an approach to the study of mammalian gene expression, the promoters and translation initiation regions of the rat preproinsulin II and the simian virus 40 early genes were fused to the structural gene of Escherichia coli beta-galactosidase, a sensitive probe for gene expression. These fusions were introduced into COS-7 cells, a simian virus 40 large(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa transposable bacteriophages D3112 and B3 were found to require pili for infection. Seventy mutants of P. aeruginosa PAO selected by resistance to D3112 or B3 were also resistant to the phage not used in the selection and suggested that the receptors of these two phages are identical. Of five resistant mutants examined, all were(More)
The region of the Escherichia coli K-12 chromosome encoding the enzymes responsible for the synthesis of responsible for the synthesis of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) core has been cloned in vivo by using a mini-Mu vector. This region, formerly known as the rfa locus, comprises 18 kb of DNA between the markers tdh and rpmBG. Results of in vitro mutagenesis(More)