Cloning of the integration and attachment regions of bacteriophage P4. Academic Article uri icon


  • The integration and attachment regions of bacteriophage P4 have been cloned into a multicopy plasmid. This plasmid can integrate into the E. coli chromosome at the same location as the parent phage. Integration increases the stability of the plasmid and allows it to be retained even under conditions in which a non-integrated plasmid would be lost. None of the genes needed for P4 lytic growth is required for integration. The P4 integration and attachment regions have been cloned on separate plasmids. A plasmid that carries the attachment site can integrate into the chromosome only if another plasmid that carries the P4 integration functions is present. A plasmid that carries only this trans-acting integration function cannot integrate. Using deletion mutants of the plasmid, the maximum size of the region needed for integration has been determined to be 1.6 kb, of which no more than 1.2 kb codes for the integrase protein. A nonsense mutant defective in integration has been isolated by using a rapid screening procedure that identifies unstable plasmids.

published proceedings

  • Mol Gen Genet

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Pierson, L. S., & Kahn, M. L.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Pierson, LS||Kahn, ML

publication date

  • June 1984