Todd A Naumann

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Tn5 transposase (Tnp) is a 53.3-kDa protein that is encoded by and facilitates movement of transposon Tn5. Tnp monomers contain a single active site that is responsible for catalyzing a series of four DNA breaking/joining reactions at one transposon end. Based on primary sequence homology and protein structural information, we designed and constructed a(More)
Tn5 is a composite bacterial transposon that encodes a protein, transposase (Tnp), required for movement of the transposon. The initial step in the transposition pathway involves specific binding of Tnp to 19-bp end recognition sequences. Tn5 contains two different specific end sequences, termed outside end (OE) and inside end (IE). In Escherichia coli, IE(More)
Synaptic complexes in prokaryotic transposons occur when transposase monomers bind to each of two specific end-binding sequences and then associate to bring the proteins and the two ends of the transposon together. It is within this complex of proteins and DNA that identical catalytic reactions are carried out by transposase on each of the ends of the(More)
DNA transposition is an underlying process involved in the remodeling of genomes in all types of organisms. We analyze the multiple steps in cut-and-paste transposition using the bacterial transposon Tn5 as a model. This system is particularly illuminating because of the existence of structural, genetic, and biochemical information regarding the two(More)
In this communication, we describe the use of specialized transposons (Tn5 derivatives) to create deletions in the Escherichia coli K-12 chromosome. These transposons are essentially rearranged composite transposons that have been assembled to promote the use of the internal transposon ends, resulting in intramolecular transposition events. Two similar(More)
The use of in vivo and in vitro transposition reactions to perform non-combinatorial manipulation of DNAs in molecular biology is widespread. In this work we describe a technique that utilizes two sequential, directed transposition reactions in order to carry out combinatorial DNA manipulations. The methodology relies on the use of two different mutant Tn5(More)
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