P. Avila, F. Cruz, E. Ward
Molecular and General Genetics MGG
SummaryIn the presence of the Tn21 transposase, plasmids that contain a single Tn21 inverted repeat sequence fuse efficiently with other plasmids. This reaction occurs in recA strains, is independent of the transposon-encoded resolution system, and results in insertions into different sites in the recipient plasmid. All fusion products studied contained at least one complete copy of the donor plasmid; most also contained some duplication of it as well. The data are consistent with processive models of transposition.