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Aligning the φX174 Genetic Map and the φX174/S13 Heteroduplex Denaturation Map

Compton, J. Lee and Sinsheimer, Robert L. (1977) Aligning the φX174 Genetic Map and the φX174/S13 Heteroduplex Denaturation Map. Journal of Molecular Biology, 109 (2). pp. 217-234. ISSN 0022-2836. doi:10.1016/S0022-2836(77)80031-4.

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φX174/S13 DNA heteroduplexes were constructed by annealing purified φX174 complementary strand DNA and S13 viral DNA. The heteroduplexes were mounted for electron microscopy under a series of increasingly denaturing conditions and photographed. The micrographs were measured and oriented to form a map showing the progressive denaturation of various regions of the molecule. Such heteroduplex molecules were totally denatured and mixed with a denatured specific fragment of φX174 RF^‡ purified from a digestion with the restriction endonuclease Hind of Hemophilus influenzae. After renaturation the molecules were mounted for electron microscopy under standard conditions. Each of three different φX174 RF fragments could be seen in a different, specific region of the heteroduplex and could be oriented with respect to the others to correspond to the known φX174 cleavage map. The φX174 genetic map was thus superimposed on the heteroduplex denaturation map by using the included fragments as reference points. Under mildly denaturing conditions three regions of the heteroduplex are conserved as doublestranded: two regions of about 10% of the φX174 genome each in genes A and H and a region of about 25% of the φX174 genome covering gene E and most of gene F. Under increasingly denaturing conditions only two small duplex regions of 2 and 4% are conserved, one each in genes E and F.

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Additional Information:© 1977 Elsevier Ltd. Received 28 October 1974, and in revised form 7 September 1976. This research was supported in part by grant GM13554 from the United States Public Health Service.
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Official Citation:J. Lee Compton, Robert L. Sinsheimer, Aligning the φX174 genetic map and the φX174/S13 heteroduplex denaturation map, Journal of Molecular Biology, Volume 109, Issue 2, 15 January 1977, Pages 217-234, ISSN 0022-2836, (
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